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Eden Hazard: Why He Will Quickly Fade at Chelsea FC

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 02:  Eden Hazard of LOSC Lille Metropole during the UEFA Champions League, group B match between FC Internazionale Milano and LOSC Lille Metropole at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 2, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Mayesha KhondokerCorrespondent IJune 11, 2012

Eden Hazard, the 21-year-old Belgian midfielder, had an impressive season at club level in the French Ligue 1 this year.

However, similar to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard has been unable to recreate his magic at international level. This may be a sign that Hazard will not able to succeed in the English Premier League and Champions League. 

Eden Hazard had scored a total of 22 goals this season, none of which were in the Champions League. Considering Chelsea are predominantly focused on winning the UEFA title, it does beg the question of whether Hazard will prove to be a success at Chelsea next season.

Those who follow the French league or have watched highlights of Eden Hazard's play for Lille will have no doubt that the playmaker has talent. Nevertheless, Arsenal players have proven that the French league does not compare to the pressure and difficulty of the English Premier League (EPL).

Although French players Theiry Henry and Patrice Evra had become trophy-winners at Arsenal and Manchester United, others such as Marouane Chamakh and former Manchester United player Gabriel Obertan had been disappointments. 

Until now, Chelsea FC has often been dependent on superstar Didier Drogba to score the winning goal in high-profile matches. The absence of Drogba may prove to be too great to be filled by a newcomer.

Unlike Drogba, Hazard will not have manager Jose Mourinho to guide him through the major changes in his professional life.

Thus another concern had been Chelsea's decision to sign the player while the manager position was vacant.  

The Guardian reports Chelsea are set to offer Roberto Di Matteo a one-year contract as full-time manager. However successful the Italian was last season, it does not guarantee the manager will succeed next season with a few new, inexperienced faces in the squad. 

Di Matteo may not match the quality of leadership or insight that a player of Hazard’s potential requires to adjust to a new league. In this regard, Eden Hazard would have done well under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson or Roberto Mancini.

 

Eden Hazard publicly linked himself to interests from Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, AC Milan, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea throughout the 2011/12 season. It became apparent that other clubs had later lost interest in the Belgian midfielder.

In the last month, only the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea were still in the running to sign the player. His indecision and flirtation with different clubs suggests that if Chelsea are not successful in the upcoming years, he may look to transfer out. 

 

Player Statistics (from Ligue1.com)

Player Stats 2011/12 Games Played Goals Assists Shot on target Corner-Kicks Offsides Fouls Committed
Eden Hazard 38 20 15 48% 64  5 44

Although Eden Hazard scored almost 28 percent of the total goals scored by French club Lille this season, he had been prone to committing fouls and lacked accuracy on goal.

If the player is not utilized to his strengths and adopts to Chelsea's slow style of play, then Hazard's star quality may quickly fade. 

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