Eden Hazard: Scouting Report on Tottenham's Rumoured Summer Signing
Over the past week, speculation has risen about Lille's Eden Hazard setting his sights on a move to Tottenham Hotspur to ply his trade in the Premier League.
Whilst Hazard did single Spurs out during his press release, he also states elsewhere that he has not ruled out any club.
Some skeptics are stating that Hazard's move is a tactical one in order to smoke out bids from Barcelona and Real Madrid—two clubs he would prefer to move to.
Whatever your point of view, here are a few things worth knowing about the Belgian wonder.
In 1995 Hazard started his youth career at Belgian side Royal Stade Brainois until a 2003 move to Tubize.
After two years at Tubize, Hazard moved to Lille's youth team in '05 but he wasn't there very long, becoming a full first-team professional in 2007.
Lille is where Hazard currently plies his trade and has played over 130 league games for the club.
He is a full Belgian international with 25 caps to date.
If you're unsure whether Hazard is as good as his reputation makes him out to be, the player has some impressive endorsements.
Former France international Christophe Dugarry described him as "Faster than Zidane, more technique than Henry."
Lille club captain Rio Mavuba states, "He’s a great player, with an immense talent. He has everything a modern footballer needs. He’s actually not that big, but he’s so fast. He’s also very difficult to dispossess and his finishing is top notch."
"At times it looks to me like Lionel Messi on the right-hand side," Rolland Courbis, former French defender and coach, says.
Not bad then.
It seems Tottenham Hotspur are leading the chase for the player, but there are rumoured to be plenty of interested parties.
Here are a list of teams that have been linked with a move for the Belgian.
You could be forgiven for not knowing exactly how much a Eden Hazard transfer would fetch.
A quick check of TransferMarkt puts his value at £24 million.
But how accurate is that?
Hazard is an attacking midfielder or winger who seems to favour his right foot but can use both.
So where would he fit in the Tottenham formation?
Harry Redknapp seems to favour Bale on the left, Scott Parker and Luka Modric through the middle, with Aaron Lennon on the right.
Rafael van der Vaart—when fit—usually plays just behind Adebayor in the second striker role.
If Hazard were to sign for Tottenham, it would be logical to assume the Aaron Lennon would be the man to make way, with Hazard occasionally deployed in the VDV role when needed.
So Is He Worth It?
It's no secret YouTube can be easily manipulated to make some players seem better than they actually are.
It's easy to string together a montage of goals and tricks that make you think that the player is the best thing since sliced bread. Speaking of which—does anyone actually think sliced bread is that impressive? Really?
Here is such a video that should put to bed any lingering doubts over the player's ability.
Naturally it's accompanied by European dance music as per YouTube's unofficial policy.
Harry Redknapp has worked wonders at Tottenham Hotspur, and any deal for Hazard could hinge on whether Redknapp takes the England manager's job that he has been hotly tipped for.
The move would likely see Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Defoe move on from White Hart Lane after a couple of years playing bit roles.
It remains to be seen whether Adebayor will become a permanent Spurs player, but his performances have certainly merited Redknapp to make some further inquiries on price.
Are Spurs in a position to sign both Adebayor and Hazard? Who knows.
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