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Aston Villa: Eden Hazard can be Unai Emery’s next Neymar

Unai Emery has enjoyed a fine start to his Aston Villa career, with two wins in the Premier League and a spirited display in defeat at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup.

The early signs of what his reign might offer the Midlands outfit are incredibly promising, and with a track record of catapulting mid-table sides up their respective tables, the future looks bright at Villa Park.

Also, his pedigree makes it so he is likely to only improve the squad, with his name a huge draw for players of immense quality.

This was often on show at Paris Saint-Germain, where he oversaw the purchase of Neymar for a world-record £200m.

Although money likely spoke louder than his pedigree, to tempt a global superstar like him to come and play for the Spaniard suggests he must boast enough clout to command such a figure.

This feat might be repeated once again at his new club, with Emery seemingly eyeing a sensational swoop to save Eden Hazard from his Real Madrid nightmare.

Although this initial link seemed tenuous and highly hypothetical, the consistency of the rumours could suggest there may be some truth to Johan Lange’s pursuit.

Reports in Spain at the end of last month detailed that the new Villa boss saw the Belgian superstar as the leader they need to bolster their attack, with Hazard having just two years left on his £525k-per-week deal.

This could be the statement signing needed to truly announce the club as a force to be reckoned with, by attracting a former PFA Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year.

His work at Chelsea deservedly earned him his big-money move to Los Blancos, but an unfortunate bout of injuries saw him struggle to ever recapture his form.

At Stamford Bridge, he scored 110 times and assisted a further 92 in just 352 games but has since scored just seven times in 72 appearances in the Spanish capital.

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A move could benefit both parties, affording the player a less-pressurized scenario whilst Villa gain an “absolute magician”, as once dubbed by journalist Rom Preston-Ellis.

His statistics, via FBref, only serve to prove that his career is far from finished too, as he sits in the top 2% for shot-creating actions and the top 6% for dribbles completed.

Hazard could truly be the transformative being to propel this sleeping giant back to the stop, acting as a catalyst similar to Neymar in Paris to unbridled success.