Eden Hazard has dominated the transfer window since the English football season ended about two weeks ago. The Manchester clubs were the initially linked clubs as the Belgian announced the Premier League as his destination and boy did he make both sets of fans suffer with his teasing twitter updates and leg pulling comments during interviews. Chelsea became favorites to sign the Lille playmaker after being crowned European Champion according to his agent and the much awaited news was confirmed on Monday night as the player took to twitter to announce he would be a member of Roman Abramovich’s empire next season.
Good news for Chelsea fans across the globe as the talent this 21-year-old possesses is unbelievable. But for Hazard to unleash the talent and deliver for the London club as he has done for Lille in previous years is now to be seen. Transfer sagas are normally created and manipulated by the Press but the way Eden Hazard got entangled in his transfer, tormenting and creating unnecessary arguments between fans of teams involved will be no help to his arrival in the Premier League.
The English Press made him feel on top of the world with their daily reports on the sluggish progress in his transfer saga making him a Premier League household name even before the declaration of his destination. If Hazard ever thought his partnership with the Press to create unnecessary headline day in and out was doing him any good, then he must have been living in wonderland. This is the English Premier League and Belgium international will forever be under the spotlight –at least for his first season-, reporting every move of his both on and off the pith. Talk is cheap as Eden has made that clear but success upon a transfer is not as cheap – can confirm from new team mate Fernando Torres. Adapting to the demands of the Premier League will surely not be easy and with the Press magnifying and updating your every mistake, life doesn’t get much difficult than that, does it? David De Gea arrived at Manchester United last summer not knowing enough English to even announce his arrival on twitter but the media made sure his confidence was squashed for the first half of the season after a couple of mistakes and at certain points of the season made Sir Alex Ferguson question his decision to make him United’s number one. Such is life in England.
Most fans in the Premier League also saw Eden Hazard’s behavior as sheer arrogance rather than his uncertainty about what’s best for him. His constant reminder of three English top clubs pursuing after him and his desire to cherry-pick will inevitably call for payback time for the fans he mocked with his self-centered ego. Not in an anti-football kind of way but the atmosphere on certain Premier League grounds is simply incomparable.
Hazard is a great addition to the Premier League but there will be a lot more than Chelsea looking at the progress he makes. Talking time over, it’s reality check time.
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