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Hazard continues to fade

Eden Hazard was once one of the most coveted forwards in the world, but his six-minute cameo against Elche served as nothing more than to give Vinicius Junior a rest.

The Belgian's fall from grace is quite remarkable, and took on another layer on Saturday in LaLiga Santander.

With Karim Benzema having been given a rest, most would have expected Hazard to start, but he didn't, and also wasn't brought on when Rodrygo went down injured after 15 minutes.

Hazard was given minutes at the start of the season by Carlo Ancelotti, but appears to be falling further and further out of favour, and seems to be the last man the Italian looks to on the bench at the moment.

He did nothing of note in his brief appearance against Elche and the words of his coach seem even more worrying for him now.

"The problem with Hazard is that right now, his coach prefers another player," Ancelotti said on Tuesday.

A month without a shot on goal

You have to go back to September 12 to find the last LaLiga match in which Hazard had a shot on goal, when he produced two against Celta Vigo.

In total, he's played 409 minutes and had seven shots on goal: one every 58 minutes.

What lies ahead?

Ancelotti faces a headache with his Belgian forward, who isn't just any old player - he cost the club 100 million euros.

Vinicius Junior is untouchable at the moment, and has to play. He could maybe take minutes in Rodrygo's position on the right, but it's not his natural side and he's not done much to prove he deserves to be playing, either.

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