Chelsea

Eden Hazard vs Shinji Kagawa

Two players of similar position yet differing affect; Hazard is player that can conjure a goal out of nothing with his extreme skill and Kagawa plays with the touch of an assassin, deft yet lethal.

They both left there previous clubs with a big hole to fill and it seemed there may have even been a chance that if Chelsea hadn’t won the Champions League he may have played in red and Kagawa, who knows? We all remember the ego-boosting twitter countdown Hazard brought to us about the future of his career. 

I enjoyed it as much as a marathon of Made in Chelsea which is ironic as both greed and Chelsea seemed to play a role in his outcome. Due to Chelsea winning the Champions League and being able to offer more money than United in wages they got there man and United instantly went for the Japanese player that is already a legend in his home country.

Many have commented on Kagawa’s price tag of an initial £12.3million rising to £18.3million being a bargain. This makes Kagawa seem like a future legend of United and indeed he has already claimed that status in Japan by becoming the youngest player to score 10 goals at international level in only 30 appearances. Hazard has scored 2 in 28 for his national team.

Although I admit that I am assuming that Hazard went to Chelsea because they offered more money, even though footballers are linked with loyalty about as often as Frankie Boyle is linked with subtlety, it is certainly something that Kagawa is not. After a successful tenure at Dortmund he spoke of his desire to play in the Premier League and rejected a 300% pay rise from the German Champions. This ambition will certainly have struck a chord with Sir Alex who often has a history with players that are out for themselves.

In order to predict which will have the better opening season depends on how they’re respective teams do and how they are set up; Chelsea have invested richly in midfield with the highly impressive looking Oscar being added as well as Marko Marin to a midfield already consisting of Frank Lampard and Juan Mata. This extra spice of competitiveness will no doubt give Hazard a kick up the rump and force him into overachieving in order to hold down a regular place in the squad.

As a marquee signing at £32million though I think he will be seen favoured more due to the influence of Mr Abramovich. Kagawa on the other hand is being brought into United to rejuvenate a midfield that is dire need of a makeover. Often lacking that little spark in midfield that is the difference that Ronaldo brought to the club, Kagawa will be looked to when teams park the proverbial bus in front of goal and the millionaires up front can’t get a decent sight of goal.

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