Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Eden Hazard’s slow start to life at Real Madrid is due to his weight issues, via Goal.
Madrid beat Galatasaray 6-0 in the Champions League last night, but Hazard failed to score or assist any of those goals, while he only managed one assist in last week’s 5-0 thrashing of Leganes in La Liga, failing to score once more despite playing 90 minutes at the Bernabeu.
Wenger believes that Hazard, who was brought off in the 68th minute of Wednesday’s match against Gala, isn’t overwhelmed by his new surroundings in Madrid and is battling to perform because he put on too much weight during pre-season.
“He is not the type of guy to be [over-awed at Madrid] but I don’t know him well enough to assess that,” Wenger told BeIN SPORTS in his role as a pundit (via Goal).
“I think it was more down to physical reasons. He became too heavy and what you read in the papers.
“If you want to make a horse lose a race, you put two kilos on a horse of 500kgs and it’s enough.
“I feel we have not seen the Hazard we know in England yet,” added the former Gunners boss.
It is true that we have yet to see the best of Hazard in a Madrid shirt, and that he does look as though he may have gained some added weight during the summer.
We are still fairly early in the season, however, with plenty of matches to come and Hazard is a player of such talent that maybe all he needs is a goal to kick-start a really positive run of form for his new employers.
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