Chelsea star Eden Hazard has developed into one of the world’s best players during his time at Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old had the best season of his career last year, earning himself the club’s Player of the Year award.
But a trophy-less season with the Blues has led to doubts regarding his future in England, and unsurprisingly a whole host of clubs are being touted as his next destination, none more so than Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Hazard has previously been linked with a move to PSG, and his nation’s World Cup exit may provide the perfect time for the French giants to make an offer Chelsea can’t refuse.
Atsu can step up
If the Belgian is to leave Stamford Bridge, manager Jose Mourinho would have an important choice to make; invest in a new player or look to replace him with someone already at the club, possibly Ghanaian key man Christian Atsu.
The 22-year-old African winger joined Chelsea for just £5m from Portuguese team FC Porto. Since then he has spent a season away with Vitesse Arnhem in Holland in which he scored 5 times in 27 games.
Atsu similar to Hazard
Though he isn’t exactly a big name, Atsu is in ways extremely similar to Hazard. Both of them are attack-minded wingers who possess the ability to cause problems for even the best of defenders.
He also works harder tracking back, a hugely important responsibility in the modern game that Hazard seems to lack.
With the addition of Spain’s Diego Costa and the return of Romelu Lukaku after his loan spell at Everton, Chelsea certainly already look a stronger unit in the final third than they did last year.
The loss of their Belgian superstar would no doubt leave Mourinho wanting to strengthen his team even further during the summer. Replacing him with Atsu could prove to be his best option as it would allow him to re-invest into other areas to make Chelsea the best team in England once again.
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