5 replacements for Eden Hazard at Chelsea
After a disappointing 2015/16 season, Eden Hazard has reminded the world of football about his quality once again, with a sterling 2016/17 season for Chelsea so far. Predictably, that has set tongues wagging, with clubs like Real Madrid rumoured to be preparing a world record move for the Belgian superstar.
Whether that transfer goes through or not, Eden Hazard will not see out the rest of his career in Chelsea, as he’s previously admitted that he would leave the Blues after winning the Premier League. With Chelsea on track to win this season, the Belgian’s time in London might be coming to an end sooner rather than later.
Here are 5 replacements for Eden Hazard if he decides to leave Chelsea in the summer:
#5 Arda Turan
By most accounts in the Spanish media, Barcelona attacker Arda Turan has had a poor season. However, when looking at the numbers of the Turkish talisman, things get a wee bit surprising. In 29 games this season, Turan has made a startling 20 goal contributions, with 13 goals and 7 assists in all competitions. Those compare favourably with Hazard, with the Belgian involved in 16 goals for Chelsea in 31 appearances this season.
Turan came to the world’s attention with some stellar performances on the wings for Atletico Madrid and were Chelsea to buy him, he would slot in straight away into Hazard’s position. Blessed with similar twinkle-toed feet like Hazard, Turan could link up with former teammate Diego Costa (at Atletico Madrid) right from the get go and is perfectly suited to play in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation.
Given that his star has fallen in recent times as he’s struggled to make the first team for Barcelona, Turan could come to Chelsea for a cut-price fee in the range of €25 – 30 million. The player himself is hungry to make his mark and Chelsea could be the perfect place to reignite his career.