Chelsea have an Eden Hazard problem lurking in the shadows.
As things keep getting uglier on the field, outside it, the Belgian already has his heart set out towards moving to Real Madrid in the summer. Seemingly, there is no going back on that desire. Los Blancos always get their man, there’s simply no doubt about it.
What’s the worst thing about this is the Blues’ untimely transfer ban won’t allow them to sign an adequate replacement either. So, Maurizio Sarri and fans will be thankful they sealed Christian Pulisic’s (who joined for £58m according to BBC Sport) transfer before the disaster, yet in reality, even the young American cannot match Hazard’s particularly high standards anytime soon.
The Blues will be hoping for Pulisic to be their wing wizard’s ideal potential replacement, however, even the most ardent fan will know that – deep down – it isn’t possible. To replace a player at the height of his powers – who’s scored 13 and assisted 11 in the Premier League (stats via WhoScored) – saving Chelsea from despair uncountable times is relatively impossible for anyone, let alone a developing youngster.
Of course, many Chelsea fans loved Roman Abramovich’s decision to splash the cash on Pulisic, but it’s safe to say that he’s got an awful lot to live up to and youngsters haven’t exactly been given a fair chance at Stamford Bridge, so it was a huge gamble to spend so much money on someone who’s not exactly hit the heights this season.
He’ll be a small fish in the huge ocean that is the Premier League and will take time to adapt. Pulisic hasn’t really had the most prolific seasons at Borussia Dortmund either, only making 15 Bundesliga appearances, while scoring only two as Jadon Sancho outshines him in front of the famous yellow wall. Furthermore, injuries and inconsistency have ravaged him to make appearances mostly from the bench.
The young American has a mountain to climb to reach where Hazard stands right now in the footballing food-chain. Lodging the pressure of replacing the world-class winger won’t only crumble Pulisic’s confidence-level, but Chelsea might also end up ruining another wonderkid in the process. Indeed, the likes of Josh McEachran and Charly Musonda were both tipped for big things, but a lack of game time and a lot of pressure turned things sour.
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