He may not be in Jose Mourinho’s sights at this moment in time, but Thorgan Hazard has no intentions of slipping out of his mind for good.
The younger brother of arguably Chelsea’s best player is currently on loan with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, having made the move prior to the end of the summer transfer window.
The young Hazard
And, whilst he’s not be grabbing the same sort of headlines as Eden, he done enough to get the attention of the footballing world for his exploits during his last outing.
A sublime goal which he scored against Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal last night has gone viral, proving that the Belgian youngster has perhaps even more potential than people currently give him credit for.
Rounding off a brilliant team move the 20-year-old curls a right-footed shot away from the grasp of the flailing Frankfurt ‘keeper and into the top corner to open to scoring.
Sure, it’s not the type of turning point which is going to have Mourinho clamouring to recall him back to the Premier League instantaneously, but it’s certainly not going to do his chances of returning with a strong claim for a first-team spot any harm.
Form and Monchengladbach
What’s more, Monchengladbach seem to be doing their utmost to ensure that Hazard’s stock isn’t effected detrimentally in any way whilst he’s with them, as they sit second in the Bundesliga - albeit to an incredibly dominant Bayern Munich side.
Next on the agenda for the young Hazard will undoubtedly be getting himself out of the shadow his elder sibling, who has earned his spot on the shortlist for the 2014 Ballon d’Or award virtue of his fantastic performances over the course of the year.
Hazard at Chelsea
His spell in Germany, which was preceded by a loan move to Belgian outfit S.V. Zulte Waregem, is certainly giving him the ideal platform to do just that, and he seems to have adapted just fine to the step up in competition.
That being said it will likely be a while until he is ready for Mourinho’s high-flying Blues, who currently sit atop of the Premier League. The Special One has a surplus of options in his attacking lineup, and the likes of Willian and Oscar aren’t going to be easy to force out.
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