Chelsea loanee Thorgan Hazard was instrumental in Zulte Waregem’s win in the opening game of the Belgian Pro League — scoring one and assisting another, giving his side a perfect start to the season.
Hazard played a brilliant through ball to find the former Leeds striker Habib Habibou, who rounded off a cool finish and put his side ahead in the 33rd minute.
However, Lierse striker Dolly Menga brought his side back on level in the 43rd minute scoring from inside the box.
Hazard then restored the lead quickly for his side — scoring a brace on the stroke of half-time. Zulte-Waregem were awarded a free-kick around 25-yards out and the attacking midfielder buried it into the top corner.
The 20-year old joined Chelsea in 2012 from Lens for a minimal fee of just €1m, only to be loaned out to Zulte Waregem on a season-long loan spell. He quickly found his feet and played a vital role in his side’s second place finish in the league.
Zulte Waregem finished 13th in the 2011-12 season but were seen challenging for the domestic title in the previous season, only to miss out narrowly to Anderlecht by just four points. Hazard had a big say in his side’s change of fortunes. He was one of the standout performers for his club — scoring four goals and assisting on 10 occasions.
His efforts didn’t go unnoticed as he was called up into the national squad and made his debut on May 29, 2013 in the 4-2 friendly win over USA.
When Thorgan was bought by Chelsea, Eden claimed that his younger sibling is more talented than him. This raised a few eyebrows with many just laughing it off.
But Thorgan Hazard's performance in the previous year has been quite exceptional and he seems to be living up to his brother’s expectation.
And if at all he can manage to better his stats from last season, he may stand a chance of making his debut for the Blues soon.
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