5 potential replacements for Eden Hazard at Chelsea
Following comments from Hazard’s father; Thierry, about his son’s contract situation at Stamford Bridge as well as his desire to don the white jersey of Real Madrid, Blues fans must be panicking at the prospects of being without their best player in the club’s bid to keep pace with the Manchester clubs in the Premier League and Europe’s continental giants in the UEFA Champions League.
Given the ludicrous sums of money that have been spent on transfers in the last couple of years, the board at Chelsea must already be making contingency plans on how to best replace their Belgian star in the event that he does leave the club.
Here are a few players who could replace Hazard long term at the club:
#5 Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach & Belgium)
Estimated Fee: €45m
Who better to replace a Hazard than another Hazard? Chelsea will be looking to repeat what they did with David Luiz and Nemanja Matic by bringing back the younger but equally talented Hazard brother in the event that Eden decides to follow his heart to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Possessing the exact same skill set as his elder brother, Thorgan’s explosiveness, dribbling, close control and low centre of gravity will make him an excellent replacement.
Like his big bro, he can also play anywhere behind the main striker or even function as a false nine if need be, a role Eden has been performing creditably well in the last few weeks.
Chelsea has an excellent relationship with Gladbach having loaned rising star Andreas Christensen to the German club for two very successful seasons so getting a deal done for Thorgan shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Antonio Conte would be delighted to have this like for like replacement if his current number 10 leaves as while Eden has fulfilled his potential, Thorgan is just on the cusp of becoming world class himself and given that he is two years younger than his brother, Chelsea will be the biggest beneficiaries when he finally explodes into the world-class player he has been threatening to become.
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