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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in English football

Eden Hazard, at the age of just 21,  has already won numerous prestigious awards  In the 2009–10 season,  Hazard became the first player to win the Young Player of the Year award twice, previously winning the same award 2008/09.  The achievement secured him a place in the league’s Team of the Year.  Also he was a part of the Lille team that won the league double in the 2011/12 season and subsequently he is considered as “Europe’s hottest property”. Many have drawn comparisons of him with Messi and Ronaldo.  His pace, creativity, speed, technical ability and most notably his ability to maintain technical accuracy while accelerating are a nightmare for any defender.

After spending eight years at Lillie, Hazard revealed his desire to depart, he was immediately linked to many big clubs all across Europe.  However, not many clubs can afford such a prolific player. For example, Neymar, he is now the best young talent in his continent and in order to prove his potential he needs to play in the Champions League but it’s hard to come at an agreement with Santos ; a £53million bid from Real Madrid just wouldn’t satisfy them.

After months and months of transfer speculation and rumours, Hazard later stated that he will play for either Chelsea or either two big Manchester clubs.

On June 4, Chelsea shook the football world with a £32 million swoop for the Belgian sensation to land him at Stamford Bridge. At first the Blues weren’t considered to be  serious contenders with both United and City knocking but their Champions League success pushed them over the top.

I would say Hazard joining Chelsea is absolutely the right decision. I’ll tell you why, let’s start off with why he shouldn’t join Manchester United.

It’s true, Paul Scholes’ retirement before the 2011–12 season left an opening in Manchester United’s central midfield and Cleverley has been identified by manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a potential home-grown replacement for Scholes.  Remember at the beginning of season 2011/12, when Manchester United’s season started so brightly, most notably that 3-2 sensational comeback on second half which eventually sealed their Community Shield title, Cleverley came on as a second-half substitute on that match for Michael Carrick after United went 2–0 down at half time in which he also brilliantly set up the second goal for Nani.

After impressing his boss on the opening day, Cleverley started Manchester United’s second EPL match against Tottenham, providing an assist and later played the full 90 against Arsenal, in which United stunned them with a thrilling 8-2 win. His performance was  hailed by his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, as “outstanding”.  But later injuries ruined his season, only managing 10 appearances. Not to mention, that 5-0 win against Bolton, 3-1 win against Chelsea etc, these are the contribution from Manchester United young boys.

Wesley Sneijder was also linked to United at the start of the season, but now it seems they already have Scholes in the making.

The Manchester United midfield is too competitive for him, first Cleverley and Welbeck are English. And both of them come from Manchester United reserve team, Fergie would definitely want to promote their young talent. Plus why would Manchester United buy Hazard when they could get Shinji Kagawa for just £17million, which is almost two times cheaper? Plus after the Asian Cup victory, the “football fever” is rising in Japan, by having Kagawa they could have more income.  Few years ago, United spend 30million to sign Anderson, he would definitely treasure this chance to prove his critics wrong.

Eden Hazard is the type of player who loves the attention, who wants to be the main man, who wants to be courted, so he needs to be treated well. When he found out Real Madrid didn’t want him, he stopped ‘flirting’ with them.  Fergie won’t sign a Red whose heart is not a Red. Hazard maybe be skilful, technical, faster than Kagawa but let’s look at the statistics :

Players Appearances Goals
Eden Hazard 147 36
Shinji Kagawa 49 21

And Bundesliga is tougher than the French Ligue.

Going to Manchester City is also very similar to the Manchester United situation.

When it comes to choosing Chelsea, that is the absolutely right move. Chelsea are saying goodbye to long-time West Londoners Didier Drogba an Kalou this offseason and are in need of offensive reinforcements. Being young and filled with potential, Hazard is the ideal candidate to replace some of their production.

And with Bosingwa already leaving, Essein and Ivanovic future with the Blues still looks uncertain.  Lampard  playing days are numbered, and maybe even a exit for him, en route to LA. Malouda is also on the verge of retiring. Chelsea are going to make a reshuffle, maybe that also means Ferreira will leave too. Soon, it will be Terry and Cole.

There’s many holes to fill in the squad, Hazard is exactly an ideal replacement.  The likes of young stars Sturridge, Bertrand, Eachran, Romeu, Lukaku, van Aanholt and recent signings Marko Marin and Hazard’s compatriot Kevin de Bruyne are the future of Chelsea. Torres is also back in form, he has also just won the Euro2012 Golden Boot. Cahill’s work ethics, determination would surely earn him a place in the starting line up next season. Luiz is a good game reader, its being said he is the next Carles Puyol . Chelsea squad are just simply rejuvenated, refreshed. Their recent Champions League title would certainly lift the player’s spirit. I won’t be surprised if they win the league next year.

Transfer fund is not a problem for their owner Roman Abrahimovich There are still many more linked to Chelsea, like Hulk, Falcao, Gregory van der Wiel, Maicon, Cavani, Higuain… …Chelsea will be a huge force in the EPL once again.





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