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Eden Hazard is coming into a club who will soon be selling established stars, such as Drogba, in order to transition into a younger, more exuberant team.
With Hazard's astronomical price tag, he will be expected to be one of the leaders during this transition period—scoring goals, setting up goals and helping to ease the loss of Lampard as years progress.
This will be far too much for the young Belgian to handle. That kind of pressure on an athlete who now plays for a club with hypercritical fans is unfair. There is no nurturing in that atmosphere. No room to grow. Just an automatic expectation to be great straight out of the gate.
Look at the world-renowned talents of Ballack, Shevchenko and even Torres. Crushed under the immense wants and needs of trophy-hungry, glory-hunting fans.
Look at the youthful talents of Romelu Lukaku, one of the most promising forwards in the world as of last year. He played all of four games for Chelsea.
Three in the Carling Cup and only one in the Premier League. Ridiculous numbers for a supposed world-changing talent.
Hazard will fall into the category of Lukaku or Shevchenko: he will either not play at all, which is ridiculous to even fathom considering his price tag, or he will be played immediately and expected to lead Chelsea through a transitional time when they are getting rid of the old and bringing in the new.
There shall he pass or fail.