Eden Hazard has been on the news lately with reports linking him back to the English League. The Real Madrid attacker has been sent down the pecking order in recent weeks. Not only is he finding it difficult to avoid muscular issues when playing consecutive matches, but he is also no longer a positional fit for Los Blancos.
Previously a world-class left-winger, Hazard’s changing skill-set due to injuries has forced him into an attacking midfield or “free role”. But the Real Madrid structure cannot fit these roles for Hazard, as the defense suffers too much.
At the moment, Hazard seems to be on the periphery and it is becoming obvious that Ancelotti will be willing to let him walk away this winter.
Though many teams are trying to avoid Hazard deal because of injury risk and high wages. Newcastle might be the only team that can be willing to spend a transfer fee on him.
Apparently, a loan deal could make sense for an ambitious team, though. Hazard, at his best, is going to be much better than any of the other players available this winter. And if he can’t get to his best, then acquiring him on loan for six months isn’t much of a risk.
Real Madrid May likely Swap him for Hakim Ziyech
With Chelsea reportedly linked to a Hazard reunion in many transfer rumours, it appears a loan deal would be initiated in the long run.
Meanwhile, what may make Real Madrid hesitant about a loan is that shedding Hazard’s wages for half of a season does not actually help them get an incoming player in a significant manner. A drawback is that they will have one empty spot in the squad. Though Hazard is not doing much, he is still useful to have around.
Chelsea have their own talented attacking player whom they have soured on. Hakim Ziyech arrived at Chelsea in 2020 with a lot of fanfare, has been a superstar in the Champions League for Ajax.
It appears Ziyech does not fit the Premier League or Thomas Tuchel’s style of football well. Although the Chelsea manager says there is nothing to the rumors, it doesn’t seem like anyone is buying what he is saying.
Maybe the Blues have cold feet in letting Ziyech go for good or on loan because they would not be able to find a replacement in the winter. Ziyech has played just 210 Premier League minutes this season and has contributed very little, but he is still a talented playmaker. It’s not like Chelsea have a lot of great options on the wings. Callum Hudson-Odoi has been their only truly productive wide player in the attack.
Going for Hazard could make Chelsea more willing to part ways with Ziyech on a loan. And then from Real Madrid’s perspective, they could swap a right-footed playmaker for a left-footed one. There’s no guarantee Ziyech will be any better than Hazard, but he could be a good fit for La Liga. We know his quality. Furthermore, Real’s only left-footers are Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio. Bale cannot be relied upon due to injuries, while Asensio cannot start on the wing.