Chelsea loanee takes tally to incredible nine goals and nine assists in 13 league games

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Thorgan Hazard is simply on fire at Zulte Waregem at the moment.

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 to top off his season he also received his first ever call-up to the Belgian national team.

This season, despite a so far disappointing European campaign, the side are once again challenging in Belgium - and Hazard has been at the heart of it all once again.

Yesterday was no different. One of the many midweek matches across the continent saw Zulte take on a KAA Gent side in real poor form at home.

A victory was needed to ensure that they stayed in the top three, well in touch with current leaders Standard Liege and KRC Genk at the top of the Belgian Pro League.

And it was a tight affair, but once again Hazard was on top form. He set up the first goal for Jens Naessens, before grabbing the second himself to tie things up at 2-2 between the sides.

In the end it was a former Leeds United player who grabbed the winner - Habib Habibou scoring late on, and getting booked for his excessive celebrations.

Hazard now has nine goals and nine assists from his 13 appearances in the Pro League this season - continuing his excellent form.

Out of all the players currently out on loan from Chelsea, which is a lot, there is no doubt that Hazard is currently looking like the best prospect for the future.

The question is whether he will follow in the footsteps of his brother, or international team-mate Kevin de Bruyne.

Can Thorgan Hazard break into the Chelsea team when he comes back?

image: © Jason Bagley

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