Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Signing Hazard would refresh Chelsea attack


Make it three brothers at Chelsea
A different kind of Hazard

Eden is fundamentally a different player to Thorgan. The former loves dribbling at opponents and will do so time and time again – it’s why he averages 6.66 successful dribbles per 90 minutes this season. The latter, however looks to play a pass, produce a cross or take a shot on goal, all of which he is very adept at doing.

Thorgan’s game is more basic, but it is certainly effective. He is Gladbach’s joint top scorer in the Bundesliga this season and no player has more assists. Yes, he is the club’s penalty taker. But if a player accepts the pressure of taking a spot kick then it shouldn’t be counted as an asterisk against their goal tally.

Hazard’s ability to read the game in attacking scenarios is clear. He is intelligent and links up attacks in a very different way to the likes of Pedro and Willian, who are at their best when playing quick passes between defensive lines. His first touch is excellent and his finish is one of confidence. He has an injection of pace that allows him to escape defenders and find pockets of space in the penalty area.

The price?

Safe to say Hazard wouldn’t come cheap. For a 24-year-old with the talent the attacking midfielder has, Gladbach could rightly demand over £30m. Would Chelsea want to spend that money on a player who a year ago they could’ve secured for £13m? Perhaps not. But the Blues do have a history of re-signing players they’ve let leave in past in the form of Nemanja Matic and David Luiz.

Antonio Conte wants January reinforcements. His squad has looked thin in the last few weeks as the toll of competing the Carabao Cup, European football and the Premier League has taken effect. Signing Hazard would refresh the Blues attack.

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