Thorgan Hazard has been rewarded with two prestigious awards over the past two months.
The younger brother of Eden Hazard has so far had a 2014 to remember.
The 20-year-old – who joined the Blues in 2012 – is currently on loan at Belgian side Zulte-Waregem. Like his brother Eden, Thorgan Hazard plays either one the wing or as an attacking midfielder, and is tipped to be one of the stars of Belgium’s golden generation.
In Belgium, Hazard has made 26 starts this campaign in the domestic Jupiler League, topping his club’s goalscoring charts with nine goals.
His impressive displays have not only occurred in Belgium but also on a European level. Zulte-Waregem participated in the Europa League group stage. Hazard netted two goals, and demonstrated his attacking intentions by recording an average of four shots per game – doubling his older brother Eden’s average,
As a result of his improvement, two months ago the Chelsea loanee scooped the Belgian Golden Boot award – being officially declared as the best player in the domestic Jupiler League.
The awards however weren’t to stop there. This week, he picked up his second prestigious award - the Sports Merit of Braine le Comte. Despite only being a regional award, it still carries tough competition and can be won by not just footballers, but any sportsmen or athlete competing professionally.
Hazard wasn’t at the ceremony to collect his award, but still took the time out to express his gratitude, saying:
"It's always nice to receive awards in the area where my family and friends grew up.”
“To earn the Sports Merit trophy of this town is an honour and makes me proud. This is the third award that I’ve received here, and I hope this continues.”
“This prize is great but the Golden Boot is really something. I must thank everyone who voted for me,"
The Belgian international is set to return to Chelsea at the end of the season, and if Jose Mourinho can help him produce anywhere near the amount of quality as his older brother Eden, then the Blues will have a frightening attack which could dominate for years to come.
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