The recent news that Chelsea had sold a Hazard must have had a few Chelsea fan’s wondering what on earth had changed so drastically for Eden to depart at such sudden notice. But of course, it doesn’t take me to tell you that that although the Hazard in question was not The Blues’ current talisman, but his younger brother Thorgan, it still proves to be a significant piece of business for both parties.
The deal for the talented young Belgian is reported to have cost Borrusia Monchengladbach a cool €8M, representing a return reported to be worth around sixteen times what Chelsea had originally paid for his ultimately unused services , after never taking to the pitch in a Chelsea shirt. As such, Hazard’s transfer becomes the latest in a long line of major profits made by Chelsea on players including the departures of David Luiz, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Andre Schurrle for significant increase on what they paid principally.
But whilst Jose Mourinho and Chelsea sit back and reflect on yet another profitable piece of business, Borussia Monchengladbach can also be more than satisfied with their share of the deal. Yes, the Stamford Bridge side have further increased their income with the sale the Belgian but it really is clear that the Bundesliga side look set to get their money’s worth.
In Thorgan Hazard, Gladbach have acquired one of the most promising attacking midfielders in Europe. Thorgan has already been capped by Belgium and was included in squad’s standby list for last year’s 2014 World Cup. Hazard, who was also named the best player in Belgium during his time on loan at Zulte Waregem, has already shown the potential to offer Monchengladbach many of the attributes currently enjoyed by Chelsea courtesy of older brother Eden. Thorgan may be yet to reach his peak, but a contract potentially running until 2020 means that Monchengladbach are set to reap both the benefits and hopefully the consequent rewards, when he does.
For Hazard himself, this deal provides an opportunity that, if we’re honest, he would never have got at Chelsea. Given the quality through the middle of the reigning Premier League champion’s Starting XI, holding down a permanent place would have been nigh on impossible for a player of his age at Stamford Bridge.
At Monchengladbach on the other hand, the young Belgian will be able to develop his game at a side playing at a level not too far behind Chelsea, with European football and a top of the table challenge for Hazard in West Germany. Granted, the European Football may be on a Thursday rather than a Tuesday or a Wednesday this season and Bayern Munich are once again well clear at the top of the Bundesliga. In years to come however, if Thorgan Hazard can live up to the potential that comes with the name “Hazard” then Monchengladbach can only dream of what may be to come and perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday European football may not be too far away.
With that in mind, Hazard now has the chance to help put Lucien Favre’s men on the road to Europe’s biggest competition, and with that, become for Monchengladbach what Eden is for Chelsea, as the Belgian production line keeps on rolling.
Article written by: @brfctoby96