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Eden Hazard was Real Madrid’s biggest piece of business during the 2019 summer transfer window.
And sure, he was not the only big name to join Los Blancos from abroad but out of all the newcomers, the Belgian superstar arrived with the biggest reputation and a hefty fee above his head.
After all, Florentino Perez and co. reportedly had to fork out a sum of an initial £89m to his former club, Chelsea, and that fee could also rise to over £150m in the future if certain add-ons are met.
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For that reason, it’s not too big of a stretch to say that a lot is expected from the 28-year-old forward and his contribution so far, even though it was helpful, is still far from what he’s capable of.
In the six games he’s played for Real Madrid across all competitions in the 2019/20 season, Hazard has only scored and assisted once, hardly making his presence felt as much as he probably would’ve wanted.
But if his recent displays for his country are any indication, however, his form is improving, especially if we take a look at the last two games he’s played.
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In the first one, he dropped a masterclass performance, helping his country to a remarkable 9-0 victory over San Marino in Euro 2020 qualification.
And now, he’s followed it up with a similarly impressive game against Kazakhstan.
Hazard’s assist made sure Beligum’s lead was doubled just at the beginning of the second half but he did so much more than that. He also tallied seven successful dribbles, three key passes and created one big chance for his team.
Not to mention that he also maintained 85% passing accuracy with 51 passes in total and deployed 3/3 long balls.
Zinedine Zidane will surely be happy to see his star in red-hot form ahead of the return of La Liga this weekend.
Real Madrid still have some serious challenges to face before the end of October, including El Clasico against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
Thus, the timing of Hazard’s emergence seems perfect.
Now it’s all about translating it back to La Liga and the Champions League.
Let’s see if he manages to continue this trend going forward.