There’s no argument that Eden Hazard was fantastic in the 2014-15 title-winning campaign of Chelsea in the English Premier League however he has clearly fallen below all expectations in an underwhelming 2015-16 title defence.
Hazard has been poor, within his standards, in all facets of his game and has become a subject of mockery for failing to score in the Premier League this season.
However Hazard has allegedly been pinned as Zinedine Zidane’s number one target on the Real Madrid shopping list with multiple rumours of planned fees or exchanges sweeping across the transfer rumour mill.
One of these ridiculous rumours is the potential exchange of young Colombian starlet, James Rodriguez to Chelsea in a direct swap. Based off his season form however; Hazard simply does not deserve to make the move to sunny Madrid. In my opinion, there must be some level of seasonal consistency, where the player is constantly outstanding.
Hazard has been a shadow of his brilliant 2014-15 form and it is difficult to pinpoint the major reason for his recent struggles.
After forming such an effective partnership with the likes of Willian, Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Oscar and Diego Costa, Hazard has failed to rediscover his best and at this stage it would be tough to envisage the diminutive Belgian slotting into the Galacticos line-up with stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Although, Hazard is nearing the end of his fourth season with Chelsea, the team he joined in 2012 because they had won the Champions League few months prior. Perhaps, Hazard needs a change of scene and joining these world class players can benefit him and his potential and gradually assist him into becoming a more feared and unstoppable athlete.
It will be interesting transfer news come the end of the season as it appears more and more likely that Hazard will be finding a new home at Real Madrid.
The question remains though, has he peaked too soon?