Chelsea

Transfer Battle: Paul Pogba vs Eden Hazard

Manchester United and Chelsea have had differing starts to their respective seasons so far this year.

While the Blues led by the incredible form of Eden Hazard have surged to the top of the table, Manchester United’s season has been marred by the battle between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho.

Both Pogba and Hazard are two of the best players in the league and with that in mind, let’s compare the two.

Paul Pogba

Signed for a then-record fee of £89.3 million, Pogba returned to the club he left as a teenager and before he even kicked a ball for Man U, the pressure on the Frenchman was immense.

After establishing himself as one of the best players in Europe with Juventus, Pogba’s career in England hasn’t quite lived up to the hype that surrounded his arrival from Juve. In just over two seasons with the club, he’s remained a constant in Jose Mourinho’s side but the Portuguese manager has struggled to get the best out of the midfielder.

At times played as 10, further back on the side of a midfield three, Pogba seems to be wasting his talent at the club. When on form, he can basically do anything he wants on the pitch but as of yet, we’re yet to see it.

As it stands, his arrival hasn’t brought the success many would’ve thought, despite the club winning the Europa League and title.

TT Grade: A-

Eden Hazard

Possibly enjoying the form of his life, at the moment, Eden Hazard is probably the best player in Europe at the moment. Under Sarri’s new system, Hazard has been given more freedom to attack rather than being asked to defend, a complete contrast to his time under Mourinho.

Like Pogba, the Belgian has so much talent that it’s scary and on his day, he can basically do whatever he wants on the pitch. In all but one season in the club, Hazard has registered double digits in goals and it would seem this year that he looks set to have his best goalscoring year yet.

Signed for £32 million in 2012, since he’s been at the club, Chelsea have won two titles and an FA Cup, thanks as times to his brilliance and thanks to him at the moment, they’re keeping pace with City and Liverpool

TT Grade: A+

The Verdict

It’s an incredibly tough battle to call due to the supreme talent of both players. At their best, both can win a game on their own but based purely on their previous history with their respective clubs, Hazard wins this one.

The Belgian has just been such a talent throughout his time at Chelsea and now seems to be turning into a world-class player. Pogba just hasn’t lived up to the hype he had when he joined the club and at the moment, he doesn’t look like he ever will.

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