Eden Hazard: Why Manchester City Has No Chance in Landing Lille Star
While many see Eden Hazard's eventual transfer destination as a three-club race for his services, Manchester City has no chance in that race.
Good news for Manchester United and Chelsea. Bad news for City fans.
The reason City, in my mind, is such an underdog in this whole situation is Hazard's eagerness for first-team football (via goal.com).
The 21-year-old confirmed that he has a decision to make between Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea.
Hazard told HLN: "My decision will depend on my position and how much playing time I will get."
If Hazard is telling the truth (and, at this point, there's a good chance he isn't, so take this with a grain of salt), then either Chelsea or United is the clear choice. Let's take a look why.
The Blues are EPL champions and they are probably willing to pay Hazard a ridiculous contract, so at the very least, they'll be intriguing to the young star.
Nonetheless, if he is interested in playing time, this isn't where he should go.
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Should Hazard play his center attacking midfield role, he's going to have a lot of competition here. City is loaded with players who make a living at the top of the box just like the young Belgian star.
David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri are all going to need playing time, and that's not to mention the slew of forwards in Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli.
Juggling all those stars isn't easy, and while Hazard would find a way to get time, it wouldn't be as consistent as he would get with the other two clubs.
Additionally, Hazard's other role on the left sideline doesn't really exist. He made a good living swinging balls into the box from the sideline, but City just doesn't really play that way.
This just isn't a squad that would maximize the 21-year-old's potential.
Opposed to Man City, who is looking to increase already significant depth, Man U and Chelsea are looking to rebuild and improve their attack.
As for United, the only person really standing in the way on the far left side is Ashley Young. The England International has been solid; but even so, he's injury prone, and there could be an argument made to replace him.
In the middle, Hazard would instantly be inserted into the starting 11. Whether the Red Devils put him next to Wayne Rooney or behind, Hazard is immediately their best attacking center midfielder.
The same goes for Chelsea.
Juan Mata has been brilliant on the left side, so they would probably find a way to put Hazard in the middle.
Putting him in front of Frank Lampard would make sense and give him ample playing time.
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