Sunday, August 9, 2020

Where Should Thorgan Hazard Continue His Career Next Season?

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One of the most sought-after players in the upcoming transfer window will undoubtedly be Thorgan Hazard. Once a Chelsea youngster who was known as “Eden’s younger brother”, now he’s made a name for his own and it seems he’s ready to take the next step in his career.

The Borussia Monchengladbach star has been one of the most productive players in the Bundesliga during the 2018-19 season with nine goals and 11 assists. He’s played a key role for his side’s chances of playing in Europe next year and while his form has diminished a bit in the second half of the campaign, he’s quietly attracting some of the best teams in the world.

Sure, Hazard could stay at Monchengladbach for another year and then wait for a move. But the time for a transfer is now. He’s entering his prime, and he’s simply too good to remain there for another year. But where should he go? Here are three alternatives in case the 26-year-old decides to change uniforms next summer.

Borussia Dortmund

If we base ourselves on transfer rumours, then this is the most likely destination for the Belgium international. Dortmund need to replace Christian Pulisic – who will join Chelsea this next summer – and while other names could become available, Hazard would be an interesting fit.

First, he’s young and is yet to reach his prime… something Dortmund rate highly since most of the squad is under 30 years of age. He also knows the Bundesliga and is quite used to play in Germany’s top-flight, while also delivering impressive numbers at a “smaller” club such as Monchengladbach. He would certainly get a boost from playing next to more-established stars such as Mario Götze, Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho, just to name a few.

Do Monchengladbach want to sell him to a German side? That’s one of the biggest questions. But there’s no doubt Hazard would fit quite well at the Signal Iduna Park side.

A Premier League Switch

Hazard already knows what it’s life in England like since he spent part of his youth career at Chelsea. Even though he never managed to settle at The Blues, things could be different this time around. Especially since both Arsenal and Liverpool are extremely keen to sign him.

Now, the scenario would change drastically for the Belgian depending on which team he chooses. If he moves to Liverpool, then he would fit perfectly within Jurgen Klopp’s system, and could be an excellent replacement in case either Mo Salah or Sadio Mane leave the side. But that fit wouldn’t be as clear at Arsenal, since Unai Emery does not use wingers and Hazard loses some of his influence when playing through the middle.

Either way, he is good enough to play for both sides. Or any Premier League Top 6, for that matter.

AS Roma

Of all the three alternatives, this one seems to be the more unlikely one. One reason is money, since tt remains to be seen whether Roma can pay what Monchengladbach wants. But the most important one is the thought behind his arrival, since it would be subject to the departure of Cengiz Under. If the up-and-coming Turkish star leaves Roma, then they would target Hazard. But otherwise, they won’t go after him.

Plus, there’s a lot of uncertainty at Roma at the moment due to the lack of a project for the foreseeable future. They’re like to chase a new manager and a new sporting director this summer and without clarity on that area, it’s hard to see where Hazard might fit. The interest is there. But the conditions are not.


Juan Pablo Aravena

A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.



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