The reason why Chelsea had a very successful 2016/17 league season was mostly because main man, Eden Hazard was in top form for most of the season. If he wasn’t scoring goals, he was assisting them or causing confusion in the opposition half. He has managed to fit into the team so seamlessly since his arrival in 2012, and that is what top players do.
Last week, we were greeted with the sad news that Hazard had sustained injury during training with his home country, Belgium, and that he may be on the sidelines for up to 3 months. What this means is that he’ll miss the start of the coming season. Well, I really hope he manages to recover quicker than that, because he is going to be missed if he doesn’t…at least, history has thought us that lesson.
In the 2015/16 season that ultimately got José Mourinho booted out as manager, we performed so poorly because Hazard was poor. He was very underwhelming in his displays when he played, and was rarely available for selection due to a niggling injury.
Eden Hazard may not be giving us 20 goals a season, but there’s so much he adds to the Chelsea team. He is an inspiration to many, and he is a hungry player. His absence will definitely create a vacuum in the squad, and although we have players who can play in his role, none can really turn up like he does. Conte will be regretting that Hazard went on international duty, and thinking hard on who to replace him with exactly for now. It is a necessary train of thought, especially if we want to compete with the top 5 next season. However, one thing will always be clear for now— it will be a hell of a task replacing that man.