Do we have another Eden ‘in the making’?
Thorgan Hazard was recently sold to Borussia Monchengladbach, a club where he was on loan earlier in the season.
The Belgian penned a 5-year contract with the German side which would keep him at the club till 2020. The deal also comprises an important buy-back option for Chelsea. In a recent interview, Thorgan was quoted saying that Chelsea is still his dream, and he wants to play with his elder brother Eden.
“It remains my goal to play with my brother Eden at my dream club Chelsea one day, but for now I want to stay at Gladbach for a long time.” (Source: ESPNFC ASIA)
But what are the odds of Chelsea signing Throgan in the future? Let us now briefly analyze that by inspecting his playing style and concluding how he will be after a few years.
Strengths, Weaknesses and Style Of Play
Thorgan is a very versatile player who plays in many different positions. Till now, he has played on both flanks, as a wide central midfielder and also as a striker. To be precise, Thorgan is a typical utility player like Essien, Ramsey, etc.
His major strengths are passing, hold-up play, quick combination play that makes him deadly during counter attacks, taking set pieces and dribbling; while dribbling he uses his pace and quick footwork. He does not have any significant weakness, but might be exposed in the future.
Thorgan plays in many different positions, and the role that he performs in those different positions are also different and also conducive for the team. As a central midfielder, Thorgan comforts himself in wider positions and a free role. But he barely goes inside the box as he initiates the play outside by delivering long balls or by starting a counter attack. Defensively, he is sound too as he is always there to stop the opposition’s counter attacks and tackle the opposition to win the ball.
He has also played on both the flanks in Monchen’s 4-4-2 wide formation. His ambidextrous attributes help him deliver beautiful crosses from both the flanks. Also, while playing on the flanks, he coordinates brilliantly with the full backs, the reason behind Monchen’s lethal counter attacks. Thorgan also has good finishing and positioning the reason he sometimes plays as a secondary striker and also an out and out forward.
Thorgan’s development with Monchengladbach is going really well and in the near future, he will transform into a world-class footballer but will he ever be Chelsea material? That’s a tough call because with the likes of world-class wingers like Willian and Cuadrado and Chelsea’s never ending transfer dreams, it will be very difficult for the young Belgian to become a Chelsea player. Also, only one loanee has broken into Chelsea’s first team, so in order to play at Stamford Bridge, Thorgan should do something extraordinary to impress Mourinho, or his dreams will be shattered.
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Edited By: Vikram