With his greatest strength in the attacking-midfield role or on the wing, 19-year old Eden Hazard might as well be considered a support striker – which can account for his average strike rate standing at the exact equivalent of one goal every eight games (10 goals in 80 appearances to date).
Despite alarming debts holding them back, United at least have their regular participation in the Champions League to attract a player of Hazard’s quality, since Lille are currently playing in the Europa League, and never quite able to overtake the likes of Marseille or Lyon.
Some may consider comparisons to Lionel Messi somewhat premature, but Hazard certainly looks every bit like a player who can make it at the top. Young players of a certain calibre need to learn amongst the elite if they are themselves to become the elite.
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