In case you haven’t heard the news, Eden Hazard might actually be off to Real Madrid this summer.
The Telegraph claim that it’s his desire to do so, with Los Blancos already making their move to make the deal happen following Zinedine Zidane’s reappointment.
Naturally, Chelsea fans will be fearful. We have so greatly relied on his brilliance to bail us out and drag us through difficult moments. What if we can no longer?
On the face of it, losing your best player, while unable to sign a replacement, is a complete and utter disaster – but it may actually be good news in the long run.
We, unlike many others, are willing to entertain the idea of a world without Eden.
He has already etched his name into the Chelsea history books. His work here is done, having led us to two Premier League title triumphs – and the rest.
At 28-years-old, Hazard has given the best years of his career to Chelsea. He’s well within his rights to enjoy the tail end of his prime at the very, very top.
That’s no disrespect to Chelsea. After all, we’re a gigantuous football club, but that’s the exact reason why we can survive, and even thrive, without him.
Take a look at the two best teams in the Premier League at this current time. Manchester City have five players who have directly contributed to ten or more league goals, Liverpool have three – their all-star attacking trio.
Who do Chelsea have? Eden. That’s it.
You would be deluded to think that you can rely on one player to carry you through an entire season. You need to be performing as a collective, and we haven’t been.
Perhaps what Maurizio Sarri, and Chelsea as a whole, needs is a stark wake-up call – and it looks as though we’re about to get one this summer.
The players are not going to be motivated to play for each other if our success is defined by individualism, rather than by what a great team we are.
Chelsea’s squad is packed full of players whose reputations precede them. They have an inflated view of both their footballing abilities and importance to this football club – and it catches on.
A club our size needs to be meritocratic, else what’s the point? How do we expect the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu to earn starting spots if our team is selected on reputation alone?
This is yet another reason why losing Hazard could have positive, long-term consequences. It’s not something we ought to fear as deeply as we do.
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