From Belgium to the Premier League. Thorgan Hazard, younger brother of Chelsea‘s star Eden Hazard, looks set to join his kin in England’s top flight next season. It most likely won’t be with Chelsea, although a dual-Hazard midfield may not be that far off; the puns would be truly endless.
In just his second season on loan with Zulte Waregem, Hazard has been honored as the Belgium Pro League Footballer of the Year 2013. This is quite an achievement for a player who was relatively unknown when he signed for Chelsea back in 2012 from French club Lens. Ever since, Thorgan has flourished at Zulte, and this season alone he has scored nine goals while adding 11 assists. Yet, like many, the young star believes he must leave Belgium to reach his full potential:
“I don’t think I’ll play for a third season in a row at Zulte Waregem, because I already said last season would be my last. I hope my next step will be one abroad, on loan.”
Abroad it will be, and a loan will be highly likely. Hazard’s big career move to the EPL will give him invaluable experience playing in the World’s best league. The jockeying for the 20 year old’s signature will begin soon after the season ends and whoever does land him is sure to be landing a incredible talent. Chelsea will hope to find a club that will give him plenty of minutes, but will be weary to avoid those that do not fit his style of play.
Hazard has made it clear that he is not expecting to play for Chelsea right away, but his main future goal is to line up alongside his brother one day.
“When I joined Chelsea in 2012, I knew I wouldn’t be a first team regular. I chose Chelsea because I hope to play in the same team as my brother Eden one day. It’s my dream to play together.”
The Blues, undoubtedly, will be hoping the same thing. For now, his development continues, although it may not be long until Thorgan steps out of the tunnel at Stamford Bridge alongside his brother, wearing the Chelsea blue.