By Ozulumba John I
October 19, 2014
There’s no doubt about the endowment, obtainable in Hazard family in La Louviere, Belgium.
The exploits of Eden, Thorgan and Kylian is a testimony of how blessed this family is, using the beautiful game of soccer as a means of livelihood.
Their father, who’s also a footballer, must be proud. Watching his kids doing what they know how to do best.
Concentrating on Thorgan, his transfer from FC Lens to Chelsea FC was completed on 24 July 2012.
He is two years younger than Eden, who joined Chelsea from Lille the same summer, but is of similar height and builds and plays a similar range of attacking positions.
He initially joined Chelsea’s Under 21 squad, managed by Dermot Drummy, to continue his pre-season training, and he appeared in our inaugural competitive fixture at that level, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0-0 draw against Manchester City, and in a NextGen Under-19 match against CSKA Moscow.
On 31 August he moved on a season-long loan to Belgian top-flight club SV Zulte Waregem.
The then 19-year-old made his debut for SV Zulte Waregem in their 1-0 win against OH Leuvem in September 2012 and impressed as his loan club were narrowly beaten to the title by Anderlecht.
Thorgan Hazard won the Golden Boot in January and now player of the year in Belgium. He is 21 years old, scored 14 goals and 17 Assists.
That’s a pretty damn good return even if it is in Belgium’s league.
Some of his goals have been spectacular.
In July 2013, it was announced that Hazard would return to Zulte Waregem for the whole of the 2013/14 season and after a good start, in January 2014 he was awarded the Golden Shoe for the best player in the Belgian domestic league during 2013.
He was also named most promising young player.
The 2013/14 season was a positive step in Hazard’s development, and he will be helped by the fact he made 48 appearances over the course of the campaign, scoring 16 goals.
He will also benefit from having gained experience of European football in the Europa League.
After representing Belgium Under-21s, he made his full international debut as a second-half substitute for Chelsea team-mate Romelu Lukaku in the May 2013 friendly win over USA.
Hazard was rewarded for an impressive 2013/14 when he was named on the standby list for Belgium’s World Cup squad. In July 2014 it was announced Hazard would spend the 2014/15 campaign on loan at German side Borussia Monchengladbach.
Mourinho went to watch Thorgan against Anderlect. Why would he travel if he wants to sell him? His word on Thorgan shortly before transfer windows closes:
“I wouldn’t sell Thorgan, at worst I would loan him and NOT to Liverpool. We don’t want him sitting on the bench. Everton will be a good side who may give him chances.”
This answer simply suggests that the young lad has done enough to be noticed.
One can argue that Chelsea already have lots of players with similar or even better skill than Thorgan but the fact remains that the future is unknown and in football, anything can happen.
PSG mounted a serious pressure to signed Eden in this summer.
He could have been tempted by the offer PSG or even any other club.
We have seen such cases in the past whereby a player eventually leaves a club he vowed not to leave. Again, his relationship with Jose might not be as rosy as it is now.
This can also happen to any of these players currently playing a similar type of football with Thorgan.
When such event occurs Chelsea can easily fall back on him than spend millions of pounds in the transfer market.
The lad has shown class, he has been consistence and reasonably sensational.
I strongly think that it will be in the best interest of Chelsea to keep monitoring the lads’ development like in the case of Courtois, until his time arrives at the bridge.
Should they both play for the Chelsea first team; the Hazards will join a list of previous Chelsea brothers – Ray and Graham Wilkins, Ron and Allan Harris, John and Peter Sillett and Chris and William Ferguson.