Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink believes Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard can prove the difference next season.
Hazard won numerous individual awards as the leading light in Chelsea’s Premier League and Capital One Cup double in 2014-15 but, like the team, his decline this season has been alarming.
The 25-year-old, who has been troubled by a hip and groin problem, is finding form just as the campaign is coming to an end and goes up against Leicester having scored four times in the last four games.
“I’m pleased for this moment, but I would have been more pleased if it could have happened in February,” Hiddink said.
“It’s important for him and for Chelsea that he’s almost back on his level where he can play and he’s enjoying it.
“That’s good for the future, for himself, for the Belgium team and for Chelsea.
“He’s one of the key figures in Chelsea. Not just him, that would be too much of a burden.
“But he can be on top of a very well organised foundation, he can be the man who can make a lot of difference in the game.”