After seeing an impressive debut from Eden Hazard on Sunday, Roberto Di Matteo believes the Belgian will have no problems adapting to the rigours of the Barclays Premier League.
Hazard created two goals inside the first six minutes at Wigan, and proved a constant menace at the DW Stadium, receiving some tough tackles as a result, but Di Matteo is adamant the 21-year-old will have no problems coping.
‘It was a good debut. It was great to see him enjoying himself and getting his teeth stuck into the English Premier League because you are never quite sure how the new players will adapt,’ the manager said.
‘I am sure it will take him a little time to get used to the physicality and the tempo of the Premier League, and the same for Oscar as well.
‘He had a good start but it’s one game out of 38 in the league. It gives him confidence when he can start in a new club and in his first game like that. It was a pleasant day for him.
‘It’s good he gets used to it quickly because that’s how it will be. He is a strong boy, he’s strongly built and it will certainly help him. We spoke during pre-season a little bit about the English Premier League. He is a young man but he has a lot of experience in terms of playing games. He knows how to handle himself.
‘He can play in various positions. He has played a lot on the wing, he plays behind the striker, that’s where we started him on Sunday, but also with the fact we have other players in the team there is good rotation between them and it makes it more difficult to be marked.’
With suggestions for the former Lille man might be double-marked by opponents, Di Matteo responded: ‘It will free up some space in other positions if they double mark him. I think we will have to adapt to that if it’s going to happen, and with the rotation we can have it might make it more difficult for the opposition.’