Plenty of top players are accused of being flat track bullies across their careers. That is to say that whilst the put in top showings or grab the headlines, they only do so against top teams.
For example, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, whilst battling for his spot with youngster Gabriel Jesus at the moment, is undeniably an outstanding goalscorer, one of the best in Europe.
However, after Pep Guardiola saw his side draw 2-2 with Tottenham in the Premier League, a worrying stat emerged surrounding the two-time title winner.
The Argentina international has been on good form once again this season, however, in six outings against the league’s top seven Aguero has bagged just one goal, not the form of a title winning striker.
On the other hand, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are flying atop the Premier League, with Saturday’s 3-0 over Arsenal cementing their title of champions elect.
The standout highlight from the clash was Eden Hazard’s wonderful solo-goal, which saw industrious midfielder Francis Coquelin left for dead on the turf at Stamford Bridge.
That sparked some bright mind to take a look back at the Belgian’s form against the big boys and, it turns out, that whilst being as far from a flat track bully as possible, Hazard has bagged against all of the five in the chasing pack since the end of last season, and in some style.
Take a look…