After what has turned out to be a disappointing campaign down in the once joyous realms of Stamford Bridge, several high profile Chelsea stars could now theoretically see their spells with the Blues come to a rather abrupt end in the not too distant future.
…And whilst each of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and many other first-team regulars have clearly failed to do the business over the course of the current campaign, last season’s PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard, has certainly served to frustrate fans more than most.
For one reason or another, the once highly rated Belgium international has looked a complete shadow of his former self in the English top flight in 2015/16, yet several illustrious clubs from across the European footballing scene supposedly interested in ‘rescuing’ the 25-year-old attacker from his current plight within the Premier League.
So then, although the player in question has only recently managed to successfully register his first league goals of the entire campaign, must Chelsea ultimately look to sell the misfiring Belgian at the first given opportunity this summer, or would the Blues simply find themselves far better off with Hazard for next season?
Well, whilst it remains somewhat difficult to excuse the quick-footed attacking midfielder for his distinct lack of influence of late, such an outcome certainly doesn’t have to mean that Eden Hazard now somehow represents a ‘bad’ player.
Far from it, in fact. Although the highly coveted ex-Lille ace has lacked a certain amount of bravery and determination within his overall game this season – which is something that will obviously have to be addressed if the 25-year-old still wants to consider himself one of the stand-out players of his entire generation – the former Ligue 1 favourite certainly remains a promising asset worthy of consideration this coming summer.
Hazard may need to accept the physical nature of the Premier League a little more if he is to genuinely put this season’s dire performances well and truly behind him, however. No longer can the widely admired Belgian ghost out of important matches for Chelsea just when it seemingly matters most, for it does in-fact seem as if the attacking star has indeed been found out among the English game of late if we’re all being honest.
But as Hazard once tore the Premier League apart in more than efficient fashion just a short matter of months ago, it remains equally difficult to envisage the 25-year-old playmaker ultimately failing to rediscover his very best form. One bad season shouldn’t serve to define Hazard’s entire Chelsea career, after all…
When playing with complete confidence and the full assurance of his manager, this is one player any Premier League outfit wouldn’t turn away in a hurry. Hazard clearly possesses all the necessary technical ability to make things happen, but he simply needs to occupy the right kind of head space next season if his fortunes down at Stamford Bridge are to really change for the better.
Although Chelsea could theoretically see several big money offers come their way in light of Hazard’s growing issues, the Blues’ boardroom staff must certainly consider keeping such an admittedly talented player on board with future plans in mind.
Conte has all the necessary passion and managerial know-how to get the best out of Chelsea’s pack of under-performers next term, regardless of how poorly the Blues have proven to be throughout the vast majority of the season thus far.
Class among the modern day footballer is supposed to be a permanent trait of course – so although Eden Hazard’s form has been anything but positive, Chelsea must not make a potentially damaging knee-jerk decision this summer that could indeed serve to disrupt their future ambitions.