Absence of Chelsea prospect leaves Belgian side bottom of the league

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Zulte Waregem are certainly struggling without Thorgan Hazard's presence this season.

It would probably be fair to say that for the past couple of seasons Belgian side Zulte-Waregem have punched above their weight. The club was formed in 2001 from the amalgamation of two other teams and until the past two seasons had barely made a dent in Belgian football - other than a Belgian Cup win in 2006.

But they were the runners-up in the Belgian Pro League in 2013 and were in the title fight again last season under their manager Francky Dury.

But this season things are not going great for the West Flanders club.

They currently sit at the bottom of the 16 team Belgian Pro League, with just six points from their opening ten games. They were also dumped out of the Europa League at the qualifying stage by Belarussian side Shakhtyor Soligorsk.

So it has certainly been a bad start to the new campaign.

And it cannot be a coincidence that their massive dip in form coincides with the departure of Chelsea loanee Thorgan Hazard. The younger brother of Eden was their star player for the past two seasons.

Whilst at the club the fans and players truly felt they had a chance of winning major silverware. On an individual basis he did.

The Chelsea youngster was crowned the Belgian Golden Shoe winner last season as the Belgian league's best player. He won several other major individual awards. He scored goals, created goals and even earned himself a Belgian cap during his time at the club.

But he wanted to try something new this season so joined Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach on loan.

For Zulte Waregem the result has been plain to see. Without their Chelsea talisman they have nothing to set them apart from the rest of the teams in the Pro League.

Despite the best efforts of the club to replace him they have not managed to achieve the feat. The result has been this whimpering beginning to a new season.

In the end they should have enough to survive, but need to start winning games in the league soon if they are to do so.

They face Standard Liege tomorrow, where they will attempt to avoid their fifth straight league defeat.

But without the presence of Chelsea starlet Thorgan Hazard in their team, don't count on it.

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