With two of Chelsea's most promising attacking players on loan in the Bundesliga, it is worth taking a look at how they are fairing to see which individual may be in with a better chance of gatecrashing Jose Mourinho's first team next season.
Thorgan Hazard's rise from mere brother of Chelsea star Eden to genuine player in his own right has been impressive, and after scooping the Belgian league's player of the year award while on loan at Zulte Waregem last season, the 21-year-old is now tackling the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Unlike the younger Hazard, Lucas Piazon arrived at Chelsea amid much fanfare and for a big fee, costing over £6 million despite making no first team appearances back in Brazil. His road through the early stages of professional football has been a long and winding one already, though the Brazilian has generally managed to impress in the three loans spells he has been on in Spain, Holland and now with Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.
Below we look at how the two players have fared so far this season for their respective German loan clubs:
|Team||Goal Assist||Goal||Key Passes||Total Shots||Pass Completion||Succesful Dribbles||Fouls Suffered||Apps||Mins Played|
|Thorgan Hazard||Borussia Monchengladbach||1||0||2||5||77%||41.67%||5||7||164|
|Lucas Pizaon||Eintracht Frankfurt||0||1||8||3||73%||56%||3||7||463|
With Monchengladbach sitting in 2nd place in the Bundesliga, it isn't surprising to see Thorgan Hazard posting some strong statistics, even if most of his appearances have been cameos from the bench. Both players have appeared in all but two of their club's league games, but Piazon has three times as many minutes as the Belgian. Frankfurt, down in mid table, have seen the Brazilian net one goal in Germany, a stunning long range effort against Hamburg, but the only other areas he beats his Chelsea rival in are successfully dribbling past opponents and completing key passes.
Though Piazon's dribbling and creative stats are impressive, Hazard has managed to have had more shots, been fouled more, and boast a stronger passing accuracy than the 20-year-old, despite playing fewer minutes. He has also taken his form one step further with superb performances in the DFB Cup and Europa League, where he has 3 goals and 2 assists to his name across 6 appearances.
Judging from this sea on so far, it looks like Thorgan Hazard has the best bet of joining his brother in the Chelsea starting line up next season, especially if he can begin to get more Bundesliga minutes under his belt.