When Chelsea snapped up the younger brother of Eden, Thorgan Hazard, his elder brother stated that his younger sibling was, in fact, the more talented player of the two.
Now, while many laughed that suggestion off, last season Thorgan Hazard helped to prove their was some credence to those claims.
He was sent out on loan last campaign to unfashionable, and unfancied, Belgian outfit Zulte-Waregem - and nobody, could have predicted the season he was about to embark upon.
He had a superb campaign for the club - leading them to the brink of their first ever Belgian Pro League title. His excellent form also earned him recognition at international level - receiving his first call-up for the Belgian national senior side.
So it seems Chelsea have a gem. The only problem with a gem this precious is that it needs constant polishing in order to shine. With that in mind, the Blues decided to send him back to Zulte-Waregem this season so he could continue his excellent development with the club.
Yesterday saw Hazard make his second debut for the club, playing 72 minutes against Lierse SK - but it was all he needed to be the difference in this game.
Wedged either side of a goal from Lierse talent Dolly Menga was Hazard’s contribution.
His first big moment of the game came with his precision through ball to Habib Habibou. The former Leeds United striker then simply rounded the keeper, and made it 1-0.
However he could excel himself even further. After Menga had pulled LSK level, Waregem were awarded a free-kick around 25 yards out - which Hazard then bent into the corner.
If he continues on this trajectory the 20-year-old is all set to become a regular in the Belgian side and potentially, one day, for Chelsea as well.
But until then, he will have to make do with given the defenders of the Jupiler League sleepless nights for the next year.
Here are the highlights from the game…
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