When Eden Hazard first broke into Lille's senior squad, he started a few games on the right, opposite Michel Bastos.
Even then, you could see glimpses of audacious ability from Hazard.
This was during the 2008-09 season where Bastos was on fire, and some had expected him to become a superstar—unfortunately that hasn't been the case.
Since then, Hazard has rarely played consecutive games on the right as Rudi Garcia has used the Belgian as a left-sided forward in a 4-3-3.
Garcia's bread and butter is the 4-3-3, but he has used the 4-2-3-1 several times, in which Hazard has played as the centre attacking midfielder.
Hazard has looked dangerous slicing through the middle. From this position, he has scored four goals and provided five assists in 10 Ligue 1 games.
Don't forget, he was inspirational during the 2007 UEFA Under-17 Championship as a centre attacking midfielder in Bob Browaeys' 4-2-3-1.
The UEFA Technical Report stated: "No. 10 [Hazard] key figure in attacking play; quality passing and 1v1 skills."
Throughout Roberto Mancini's managerial career, he has kept it simple with a 4-4-2, rarely venturing into Marcelo Bielsa territory.
In an ideal world, Hazard would replace Samir Nasri as the right winger, but there are two issues:
1. Why play two wide midfielders who aren't real wingers in a 4-4-2? Use a formation like 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 which empowers inside-out wingers and forwards.
2. Both David Silva and Hazard are defensive liabilities as wide midfielders in a 4-4-2.