With Eden Hazard’s tenuous form rolling on this season, the Belgian should make his move from Chelsea whilst the big clubs are interested.
Under Jose Mourinho’s reign, Hazard has plummeted from the PFA Footballer of the Year to yet another underperforming player at Stamford Bridge in just six months.
The Belgian's decline has been nothing short of spectacular. His deflected strike against Arsenal in September was awarded a Calum Chambers own goal and subsequently, the 24-year-old is yet to find the net this term.
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At this point last campaign, Hazard boasted a return of seven goals in all competitions. It seems over the summer his finishing ability has been severely blunted and his farcical penalty against Maccabi Tel Aviv exemplifies his starved confidence.
As a result, with Hazard’s form declining by the day, if the reports of interest from Real Madrid are to be believed, the Belgium international should jump at the opportunity while he has the chance.
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BLUES IN TURMOIL
Chelsea’s catastrophic defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday hammered the nail in the Blues’ coffin; there is no longer any doubt the club is a sinking ship.
On so many occasions this season, such as after wins over Aston Villa and Norwich, pundits and supporters have heralded the return of Chelsea but they have been proven wrong every time. The club is nose-diving and taking the players with it.
For Hazard to shake off all the criticism, a move away from Chelsea may be the answer. Furthermore, it is clear that Mourinho isn’t the man to resurrect the Belgian’s form with his constant tactical tweaks reaping little reward.
The 24-year-old proved promising in the false nine position at White Hart Lane, but his absent performance against the Cherries underlined his inconsistency.
LA LIGA BECKONS
Real may just prove the club to pluck Hazard from his Chelsea frustrations. After all, there can be little doubt Los Blancos possess the financial brawn to make the move a reality and the prestige of the club would surely lure the midfielder.
In addition, La Liga would suit Hazard considerably better. During his three-year tenure at Chelsea, the Belgian has been hacked to pieces on a weekly basis - he even gained the accolade of the Premier League’s most fouled player in 2014/15.
Spanish football has a greater emphasis on skill and agility as opposed to the brutality the Premier League offers. Hazard would thrive in an environment where he can freely display his mercurial dribbling and arsenal of skills.
After all, if Hazard decides to remain at Stamford Bridge, it is almost certain the Belgian will be absent from the Champions League next year.
Moreover, the longer the Belgian sticks to his guns in west London, the more likely Real will be to end their interest.
Hazard should, in fact, be extremely flattered that Europe’s most successful ever team are still vaguely interested when the Belgian has provided just two assists and not a single goal this season.
As a result, if the reports are correct and Real are willing to throw £80 million at the Belgian, he must grab the astonishing opportunity with both hands. Such a prospect for a player so erratic in front of goal is frankly miraculous and if they come knocking, he would be foolish to turn it down.