Jose Mourinho’s formidable Chelsea outfit certainly put on a pretty impressive show for football fans worldwide to enjoy last season.
Their domination of the 2014/15 domestic campaign served to prove just how strong the Blues have become in the modern era, reliably being able to count upon a whole host of different stars who each provide the Stamford Bridge faithful with their own unique brand of flair and efficiency.
Out of the many players who make up the increasingly impressive talent pool at Chelsea these days though, perhaps it’s fair to say that former Lille playmaker and Belgium international, Eden Hazard, has simply proven the best of the bunch.
Through his direct runs into the heart of the opposition’s defence, and ever threatening nature in the final third, the quick-footed 24-year-old has so far been a massive success at Stamford Bridge – even if his frustrating ability to go down as if a sniper had hit him from the stands doesn’t exactly shine the talented Belgian in the most positive light.
However, whilst one member of the Hazard clan has fitted in nicely among the Premier League with maximum ease it seems, his younger brother – Thorgan Hazard – has already seen his time with the Blues cut short relatively recently, as he now plies his trade in the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach.
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The potentially exciting 22-year-old enjoyed a decent first season with the German outfit throughout 2014/15, sparking a somewhat air of suspicion over Chelsea’s seemingly rash decision to part ways with the youngster last season.
In light of such a notion then, should Jose Mourinho have perhaps shown more faith in the younger Hazard during his time at the Premier League club, or did the Blues ultimately make the right call in letting the current Bundesliga hot-shot move on in his career?
Well, if the signs from last season are anything to go by, maybe Chelsea did in-fact act too quickly regarding the sale of Thorgan Hazard. The London based club certainly made a fair amount on the Belgian youngster considering the reported £5million in profit they initially received for his permanent departure, but considering the much more significant pots of Russian wealth the Blues must have going on behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, such a deal doesn’t actually seem that wonderful in the cold light of day.
During his spell at the Borussia-Park Stadium last term, the young Hazard certainly put on a series of fine displays for Gladbach throughout the whole campaign. In similar fashion to his older brother and former Chelsea teammate, Eden – Thorgan Hazard also showed himself to be a truly potent force in front of goal, a deadly assister within the opposition’s half, as well as an attack-minded kind of player who can certainly give keepers a good run for their money from set-pieces.
The potential therefore looks to be undoubtedly present in the rapidly emerging Gladbach star.
However, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Juan Cuadrado, Willian, Oscar and of course older brother Eden, all taking up the major attacking-midfield slots in Jose Mourinho’s current squad – the younger Hazard couldn’t quite count on the first team opportunities to arrive in abundance at Stamford Bridge, could he?
Each of Andre Schurrle, Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah have all had to move elsewhere in recent seasons thanks to Chelsea offering them little more than a substitutes role at the club – and as 22-year-old Thorgan Hazard’s reputation wasn’t exactly at the same level as those aforementioned players last season – maybe Chelsea ultimately had no choice but to part ways with the impressive Belgian in the end.
Having said that though, it nonetheless remains questionable as to why the Blues didn’t decide to continue loaning out Hazard to the Bundesliga instead, rather than simply accepting the terms of Gladbach’s desire to keep the player on a permanent basis somewhat immediately. It only seems obvious that the younger brother of Eden will soon grow up to emulate his older sibling on the European stage, so why Chelsea didn’t want to further involve themselves in the attacker’s seemingly promising career ultimately remains a mystery.
Yet in light of the club’s reported decision to include a buy-back clause in Thorgan Hazard’s contract with Borussia Monchengladbach, the situation all of a sudden starts to make a great deal more sense. The player himself is also supposedly keen on continuing his spell at Stamford Bridge in the not too distant future, which makes the chances of Chelsea performing a Nemanja Matic-esque re-purchase of their former talent all the more likely with all things considered.
We have therefore likely not quite seen the end of Thorgan Hazard in the Premier League just yet…