He’s been at it again. The little brother of Eden, Thorgan Hazard has been in sensational form ever since he originally agreed a loan move to Zulte-Waregem from Chelsea at the start of last season.
Yesterday was no different. The young playmaker, who recently caught the eye of British fans whilst playing against Wigan Athletic in the Europa League, bagged a brace as last season’s Belgian Pro League runners-up defeated Lokeren 4-2 away from home.
And at times it was the Hazard show. He performed superbly for the away team, although admittedly his two goals had an air of good fortune about them. The first came from a speculative drive way outside the area, which was spilled by the opposing keeper into the back of his own net.
The second regarded a lucky bounce, a long range drive ricocheting off a post straight into the path of the Chelsea starlet to make the score 2-0.
It takes Hazard’s tally for the 2013-14 season to seven goals in nine league games - already two more goals than last season.
But he has been speaking about his concern in regards returning to Chelsea too soon. On the one hand he is obviously keen and eager to get involved with the first team at Stamford Bridge. Then on the other he is also clearly concerned he won’t be able to gain a first-team spot - which in a World Cup year with Belgian football’s talent pool could be a disaster.
"Playing for Chelsea is a dream. But when I see the difficulties that Kevin De Bruyne is having…..He is so good and he is still on the bench. This has made me realise that I should not jump too soon."
Wise words from one so young, and we are sure it can’t be long before De Bruyne and both the Hazard brothers are in the Chelsea first-team.
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