Eden Hazard is yet to score in the Premier League this season for Chelsea. No matter which way you look at it, that’s a pretty shocking statistic for someone of his supposed quality.
Although the Belgian international could well turn things around for his side this term, the Blues’ current predicament looks far from promising at this stage in the proceedings.
Everything just seems to be going wrong for the club at the minute, and although the team’s situation seems rather unstable with all things considered, most of the Premier League’s non-Chelsea fans seem to be somewhat enjoying the unfortunate fate of the defending Premier League champions.
Jose Mourinho has seemingly lost the plot behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, some of the club’s most high profile stars have been distinctly poor so far this term, and the Blues’ once impenetrable defence looks to have lost everything that made it oh so formidable throughout the course of last season. There simply seems to be a determined attitude of ‘serves you right’, afflicting Chelsea and their once untouchable boss in the modern era.
So then, with Real Madrid reportedly monitoring the current situation down at Stamford Bridge this season, could Eden Hazard be on his way to the Bernabeu as early as the January transfer window?
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If Chelsea’s most recent fate continues down such a perilous path this season, the answer to that particular question could well be yes. Very few voices within the Premier League ever expected the Blues to perform so badly in 2015/16 – and as Jose Mourinho’s side currently languish in 15th place after a total of 11 games played – no sensible Chelsea fan can write anything off just yet.
However, even though Eden Hazard has in-fact been very poor so far, Real Madrid’s reported interest in the 24-year-old should nonetheless spark a feeling of further concern among the Stamford Bridge faithful. Make no mistake about it – Chelsea do not want to lose arguably their best player on paper at this stage in the proceedings.
Whilst he can sometimes prove too lightweight in the final third with a tendency to go down incredibly easy, the Belgian playmaker arguably won Chelsea the title last term via his impressive ability to find the back of the net in even the most testing of circumstances. Alongside an equally formidable back-four last season, Hazard proved instrumental in sealing several important 1-0 wins for his side as the Blues claimed the ultimate triumph come the end of last season.
Yes, he drifts out of significant matches all too often – and there has been question marks surrounding his ability to keep in shape when the going gets tough – but ultimately, Eden Hazard still arguably represents Jose Mourinho’s most likely route out of his side’s increasingly alarming concerns among the English top-flight.
But as Manchester United will supposedly be in for Gareth Bale’s big money signature in the not too distant future, the Blues may be forced to part ways with Hazard regardless of whatever attitude the club hold towards the player himself. Real Madrid have the money to land the Belgium international should they see fit, the play-maker’s current relationship with the Stamford Bridge faithful seems particularly strained to say the very least, and Chelsea simply aren’t operating in the same ball-park as their La Liga rivals in terms of size and overall quality.
So even though the former Lille attacker may not admittedly leave the Premier League as early as the January transfer window, Eden Hazard will likely depart Stamford Bridge if Chelsea find themselves equally out-of-sorts come the end of the season. Jose Mourinho’s reported rift with the player after the strange incidents surrounding club medics, Eva Carniero and Jon Fearn, seems to be fuelling the unwanted fire behind this specific transfer story – potentially turning it from an obvious non-starter, into a very likely deal in the cold light of day.
Therefore, whilst the majority of Chelsea fans won’t want to see the back of their formally mercurial no. 10 this season, Eden Hazard could well be on his way to the Bernabeu far sooner than most Blues fans would have initially expected.