A product of the Lille academy, Eden Hazard had always been too good for the French league. In his first full season as a starter he won the National union of professional footballers (UNFP) – young player of the year award and did it again in the 2010-2011 season. He also bagged the Ligue 1 player of the year award as the youngest ever to win it, before departing the French club after 8years.
His move to England was not one free of controversy, as 3 of England’s top clubs namely Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United had reportedly all met Lille’s asking price. In personal negotiations with the player, the three clubs were deadlocked again, as all 3 had met his 175,000.00 pounds a week asking salary expectation.
Eden Hazard had his pick of England’s finest and made his choice known via twitter of all places. He chose the then just crowned Champions League winners, Chelsea. In his first interview, Hazard revealed his initial desire to go to Spain but said he had decided against it for fear of being benched. He subsequently, cemented his position as arguably the best attacking midfield player under 25.
Over at Spain however, Real Madrid had just spent a boat load of money on the best player at the World Cup. Apparently, James Rodriguez had just achieved Galactico status, by being the best player at the mundial and for the meantime, the combination of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be going strong. Though the first few matches have seen Ronaldo struggle with a knee injury and with the Portuguese soon approaching the wrong side of 30, a successor is needed.
When analyzing attributes like playing position and style of play, only Eden Hazard and the German Reus seem big enough to fit the Real profile. And with Reus recently showing how susceptible he is to injuries, Eden Hazard seems in pole position to replace Ronaldo, when his contract eventually expires.
The current employers of the Belgium wonder kid are rich and have shown that their very best players will leave for nothing short of the prices they have valued them for. The cases of David Luiz and Juan Mata, spring to mind when trying to remember the few times the blues have sold star players.
Hazard is still yet to take the next step in his evolution as many are still waiting for him to announce his presence as one of the top 3 players in world football. At age 23, both Messi and Ronaldo had already proven this. At the moment however, it seems like Hazard might go the way of the inconsistent Ribery.
The Belgian’s inconsistency is probably the reason that Real Madrid are yet to come calling. As it is clear that in some games, Hazard can steer his side to victory all by himself, while in others could be totally anonymous or dribble into a sea of defenders every time he gets the ball.
One thing’s for sure, If Hazard reaches the potential we know he has, then Real will come calling. In the event this happens, Chelsea are probably going to make sure that the Spanish side break the record transfer fee for the third time running.
It will be a win for all parties involved.