Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes Eden Hazard has “everything” required to become one of the Blues’ best players.
The Belgian has taken to the Premier League in impressive fashion, scoring once and racking up an incredible six assists in just three top-flight matches.
When asked who he thought were title contenders, Zola told Gazetta Dello Sport: “Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs.”
“Hazard has integrated well into Chelsea’s team, people are already comparing him to myself. He has everything; technique, personality, goal-scoring instincts and imagination.”
Zola was appointed Watford manager this summer after the Pozzo family’s takeover, and the former West Ham boss insists he will be given time to bring success to Vicarage Road.
He added: “[I joined] for two reasons: England and the project. My family wanted to come here, we have always been very comfortable. I like the ideas of [Giampaolo] Pozzo. He wants to create another Udinese here in England.
“They have asked me for a season of adjustment. We will aim for a place on the play-offs and promotion next season.”
The 46-year-old also challenged Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli to keep improving, after his fine Euro 2012 performances for Italy.
He claimed: “Balotelli depends on Balotelli. The European Championships proved he can be a champion, but he can still do better.”