Chelsea fans react on Twitter to Thorgan Hazard Europa League performance

For many Chelsea fans, the game between Zulte-Waregem and Wigan Athletic last night was their first chance to see Thorgan Hazard in action. What did they think?

Thorgan Hazard signed for Chelsea at the same time as his illustrious older brother Eden, who then infamously claimed that Thorgan was in fact the better of the two in terms of natural talent.

Perhaps not - but after an excellent season out on loan in 2012-13 for the lad you have to admit he is looking every bit a Premier League player in the making.

Thorgan signed for Zulte-Waregem on loan at the start of last season and at that time nobody would have been able to predict the success that was to come for both the player and the club.

Unfancied and unfashionable the side finished second in the league stage of the Belgian Pro League and eventually lost the grand final to Anderlecht.

But to top off his season he also received his first ever call-up to the Belgian national team where he joined fellow Chelsea players Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku - and of course his brother as well.

Zulte-Waregem qualified for the Champions League qualifying rounds, but unfortunately it never quite happened for the Belgians - they were thrashed over two legs by PSV Eindhoven.

Now however the dust has settled and excitement is high once again, as Zulte embark on a Europa League campaign - their first venture into European football since 2006-07.

And their opponents in last night’s opening game, our very own FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic - also pinching themselves that they find themselves in Europe.

In the end the game finished 0-0, with the home side exerting much of the pressure but failing to find the net against Owen Coyle’s men. But the game was also televised, which gave plenty of fans the chance to see Eden’s little brother in action.

How did he get on?

Well he couldn’t quite inspire Zulte to victory, but he is certainly the star on show for the Belgian side. Every attacking move seemed to come via Hazard - and he showed similar skills to his more illustrious older brother.

But did he blow anyone away, no. He was good, of that there is no doubt and he certainly looked the most likely to do something worthy of a goal in this contest - but his performance was not exactly spell-binding.

Hopefully we will see a more complete performance when the two meet on November the 28th at the DW Stadium.

Here is some reaction from Twitter, with generally favourable reviews...









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