Neil Taylor would prefer to be playing with Gareth Bale than Eden Hazard…
Swansea City and Wales defender Neil Taylor has revealed that he would always choose to play alongside Gareth Bale, rather than Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
Taylor, who is quoted by the Daily Mail, compares the two world class players ahead of Wales’ meeting with Hazard’s Belgium on Sunday afternoon, describing Bale as a ‘freak’ and Hazard as a ‘ghost’.
And while Taylor might consider Hazard the Premier League’s best player, it is Gareth Bale who has performed superbly in his country’s last two qualifiers against Bosnia and Cyprus, inspiring them to first place in their qualification group for Euro 2016.
Taylor says Hazard cannot compare to Bale, who thrives under the Welsh spotlight after dealing with the pressure at Real Madrid: “Hazard has developed under Jose Mourinho.”
“He’s the best player in the Premier League by a mile, I’d say. Mourinho has done that — he’s on a player if they don’t perform. Hazard is doing it week in, week out. He’s a ball carrier, he can take Chelsea from the edge of their box to the opposition area and go past you like a ghost.
“He can go outside or inside, shoot, or make you foul him. He’s a great player. But we have one of our own. Of course, I’d always have Gareth in my team before Hazard. No question.
“I played against him when he was at Spurs, but played with him throughout the Welsh age groups. He is one of those freaks of nature who come along every now and then, technically and athletically. He’s world class like the Messis and Ronaldos. They were born to play football.
“The pressure is on him at Real just to train properly, let alone win every game. He’s matured, and physically grown into a proper man. It seems as if he’s learning off Ronaldo and others at Real, how they work day to day.
“I’m sure England and other nations wish he was their player. But he’s so proud to be Welsh and he wants to be a part of this squad. He has grown in confidence in the last year. He knows the onus is on him now and that he’s our biggest player.”
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