Friday, December 6, 2019

Eden Hazard would reach new heights at Real Madrid

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It has become almost inevitable that Chelsea forward Eden Hazard will leave the Blues for Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer. Spanish publication AS has even claimed that the Belgian international will be unveiled as a Los Blancos player on June 03rd.

Hazard has carried Chelsea at times recent seasons

Eden Hazard has carried Chelsea at times in recent campaigns. When the Blues have thrived, the Belgian has usually been at the heart of the success. He has either been scored or created the goals that have taken Chelsea to their last two Premier League titles.

This season Hazard has scored 16 top-flight goals, while also supplying a league-high of 15 assists in the Premier League. No player was involved in more of their team’s Premier League goals than the 28-year-old in season 2018/19.

It seemed simple for opposition playing against Chelsea this season. Stop Hazard, and you stop the Blues. However, stopping the forward was easier said than done, as his top-flight statistics illustrate perfectly.

He can move to new heights in Madrid

On his day, he is one of the most technically gifted players in the Premier League. In fact, I would argue that he is one of the best players in the world game, on technical alone that is.

At times during his career, the Belgian international has enjoyed highly inconsistent periods for the Blues. I have a theory about Hazard. I think it is down to the fact that he gets bored and fed up of carrying the team for long periods.

He has been so much better than the players he has been around at Chelsea. If he was at a club with better players, he would enjoy the competition and up his game to attempt to be the best. At Chelsea, he does not need to do that.

Hazard has come nowhere near winning the Ballon d’Or during his career. I think one of the reasons for that is not lack of talent, but the fact that he plays for Chelsea. If he had played for Real Madrid or Barcelona for the past few seasons, there surely would have been more recognition for his individual talents.

The 28-year-old has shown great loyalty to Chelsea by staying at the club in recent years, despite obvious interest from Real Madrid in previous transfer windows. A move to the Spanish capital may just put him where he wants to be to challenge for the individual awards and also the Champions League next season.

The fact he would be working under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid would also no doubt help improve his game. I can see him improving greatly as a player in the Spanish capital and the move providing extra motivation for him to perform.

The Europa League final his final game

This evening’s Europa League final against Arsenal looks set to be Eden Hazard’s final game for the Blues. Chelsea are favourites to win the final at odds of 5/4. However, there is reported tension in the camp after boss Maurizio Sarri stormed out of a training session.

Whatever the mood in the Chelsea camp, they always know that if Eden Hazard is on the pitch, they have a chance of victory. He is a matchwinner. Unfortunately for the Blues, it seems he will be winning matches elsewhere next season.

Will Eden Hazard’s game improve if moves to Real Madrid?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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