After making what was supposed to be a dream move to Real Madrid, Eden Hazard has been linked to a move back to Stamford Bridge. It is no secret that the Belgian’s encountered a run of misfortunes since arriving in the Spanish capital in 2019.
He has had a total of 15 injuries and missed a whopping 58 games in total for the Los Blancos. Quite shocking when you consider the fact that Hazard had only missed 21 games throughout his seven-year career with the Blues.
Despite his turn in fortune, Roman Abramovich is believed to still be an admirer of Hazard and wishes to bring him back. The CareFreeChelsea team makes their opinions clear as to whether a move back to the bridge is actually necessary for Eden Hazard or perhaps a detriment to the current Chelsea team.
Have you ever heard of the saying, “Home is where the heart is”? A little cheesy, I know. Eden Hazard had found true joy playing at Stamford Bridge in previous years. A player’s mental state plays an important factor in their performance. Not to say that Hazard is not happy at Madrid, but Chelsea provided him with some of the best moments in his career. Where he has dropped off in performance can be somewhat reinfused by a move back to where he will receive unconditional support from the home fans.
Putting his mental state aside, Hazard is still seen as a World Class player. Let’s not forget the man who has been hailed as the Premier League’s best player throughout his Chelsea career. Some may argue that he could ruin his legacy upon return to the league however a legacy that strong will be difficult to destroy. He is unlikely to end up like ex-fan favourites such as Alexis Sanchez. Despite his injuries, his skill set is still very much so apparent and could undoubtedly take this current Chelsea side to the next level.
His sharp decision-making and consistency in creativity will help in easing the frustrations that fans currently have with the team. The end product for Romelu Lukaku is currently lacking due to the lack of service provided for him. The pair playing together in the Belgian National team on a consistent basis have built a chemistry that could be duplicated for the club. We speak about finding the perfect partner for Romelu Lukaku in the attack and we look towards the options of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech e.t.c. Maybe we should be looking into the past rather than the present.
To be honest with you, there’s no one who would love to see the return of Eden Hazard as much as I would. Apart from the fact that he is aesthetically pleasing to watch on the ball, he will bring a feel-good factor to the team and provide us with more memories. Didier Drogba made his Chelsea return in 2014, just two years after leaving us with a Champions League trophy. Who’s to say a younger player in Hazard cannot come back and make twice the impact given his injuries are dealt with in a better manner by the Blues medical team. They’ve definitely already done a better job than Real Madrid.
Eden return rumours feel like a monthly thing now which are probably aided by a slower news cycle during an international break. I find the social media conversation around these consistent Hazard rumours to be pretty comical.
You either see people fawning over the brilliance of the Belgian during his Blues career, sharing his iconic goals against Arsenal and Liverpool, begging to see him back in Blue. Or you have the super serious, unsentimental approach who wants you to know they are above such silly things as expressing sentiment for a club as serious as Chelsea – despite all his amazing years at the club.
Personally, I adored watching Hazard play football, it was an absolute privilege to see him play live – someone who made the game look so easy, rarely ever looking like he broke a sweat as he glided across the Stamford Bridge turf. If I got the opportunity to watch him play again, I wouldn’t moan. If I didn’t then the wonderful memories are cherished and I can catch Eden playing for Los Blancos or Belgium.
I’m not that fussed.
I’m torn between whether I’d like to see Hazard return; on one hand, he’s my favourite player of all time so, naturally, I’d love him to come back to Stamford Bridge. But, in that same vein, I wouldn’t want him to return and almost hamper his legacy at the club – not many players can say that they bowed out an all-time club great by winning a European trophy in their final game. It was the fairytale ending.
So, if Hazard can have a fairytale ending why can’t he have a fairytale return? Yes, he has essentially turned into glass at Real Madrid but when was he ever injured at Chelsea. Hardly ever. If he can return to full fitness and maintain an injury-free record like he did for so long at Cobham then why not welcome Hazard back.
It sounds like it’s easy for some to forget just how important he was for us in terms of creating chances and turning ties on their heads with glimpses of magic purely because of his own intuition and own doing.
Couple that with the commentary from Chelsea fans over the last few weeks that have noted how Lukaku has been starved of service and had his supply line cut off, well Hazard is that guy pal, he is that guy – and their international record for Belgium proves that.
Hazard would and should start in Tuchel’s first-team because what other creator has performed consistently well for Chelsea other than Mount? And we’ve now started to see that Mount isn’t – surprise, surprise – superman and can’t play upwards of 60 odd games a season.
So, as Mike Tyson would say, “sign the contract big boy, sign the contract…”
I wouldn’t sign Eden Hazard back personally. I love the player Hazard was at Chelsea and love the man but I don’t see how he now fits into our system and moving forward. How we can justify bringing him back after so many back to back injuries. Yes, it’s Hazard but we are already struggling to keep Christian Pulisic fit and if fit he needs to be playing regularly like Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz.
I get so many will take Hazard back in an instant but a lot has changed since he left in 2019. I’d always hope he does well and wouldn’t at all be upset if he did return because it’s a player that on his day can be a huge difference-maker. I understand Hazard to many is why they love Chelsea and he’s around most of the good in their life. Mine would be Gianfranco Zola and if you asked me even now at his age of 55 if I’d take Zola back I would say yes even for a free kick in the last minutes. So I understand all the fans that the player and always having yes eyes when it comes to this type of transfer.
I’m not going to blame my opinion on age as Thiago Silva has proven age is just a number at times but the last ten years plus have seen Hazard kicked about so often that I feel the injuries are catching up with him that if you remove the name from the player you are getting right now it wouldn’t be something I say is needed right this moment at Chelsea. Gone are the days where he would just bounce back up and shake off a kick. Now when that happens I fear oh no not another injury.
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