One of the more pressing problems facing Chelsea this summer is what to do about Hazard. It’s clear he should play elsewhere next season in order to improve, but whether that should be in Spain, Germany or England is a matter for much debate. What? No, not Eden Hazard – his younger brother Thorgan.
Thorgan is possibly the most exciting prospect of all the talented youngsters currently on Chelsea’s books. He spent last season out on loan at Belgian club Zulte Waregem and was a huge hit there, scoring 20 goals and being voted their player of the year. He’s an attacking midfielder with sensational ball skills, and his elder brother claims that Thorgan is the better of the pair.
The 21-year-old Belgian is probably a year away from being able to fight for a place in the first-team squad, depending on how well he acquits himself in the coming season. He needs to move up a level, or even two, to prepare himself for life at the top of the Premier League.
There had been some speculation that he would spend a season at Liverpool – a move which would be unlikely to be very popular with Chelsea fans. It’s all very well loaning the Scouters a player we aren’t really that keen on, like Victor Moses, but letting them get their hands on a future star is less than palatable.
German club Schalke have too shown an interest in taking Thorgan on loan, but the new favourites are Valencia. According to the Spanish press, the La Liga side – who have just been taken over by a Singaporean millionaire – are keen to make some big improvements to their squad, and taking Hazard Junior on loan would free up cash for other positions.
Playing in La Liga would represent a huge step up for the player, and it will be interesting to see if his precocious talent will help him cope. If it does, then we could be just 12 months away from having a pair of Hazards in the Chelsea midfield.