Chelsea Transfers: Why Radamel Falcao Would Work Brilliantly with Eden Hazard
Not since the days of Joe Cole and Arjen Robben has Stamford Bridge seen one of its players create so much havoc for opposition defenders on a regular basis, but Eden Hazard is rapidly making enough of an impression to consign the duo to a distant, nostalgic memory.
Despite his slight frame, the Belgium international possesses tremendous strength and a low center of gravity, allowing him to pass opponents with exceptional ease. In addition to this, his pace and dribbling ability is of the highest quality, making him a valuable asset on the left side of the pitch.
The Ligue 1 Player of the Year for 2011 is perhaps guilty of losing the ball in dangerous positions and has endured criticism for his part in the infamous 'Ballboygate' scandal. But he has created a strong rapport with the Blues fans.
The 22-year-old, who joined Chelsea in the summer from French club Lille for £32 million, has shone in his debut season in the Premier League, netting on 12 occasions and delivering 17 assists in all competitions.
His link-up with Juan Mata and Oscar has been devastating, with the trio hailed as the best creative force in the country by pundits alike for their free-flowing football.
However, while Mata has impressed massively, becoming Chelsea's most influential player this season, Hazard has gone about his business in a more indirect way, improving his play in both an attacking and defensive sense.
It's clear to see the effect English football has had on the young winger's play, with Hazard now tracking back a lot more than the start of the season, giving the Blues more balance when defending.
He has forged a good partnership with Ashley Cole down the left hand side as a result, but with the Blues known to be looking for a new striker, could he also have a similar understanding with an incoming forward?
The answer of that question lies firmly in the hands of Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian has displayed periods of unstoppable form in front of goal, scoring 86 goals in 110 appearances since his move to Europe from River Plate in 2009 for both Porto and Atletico.
His goal-scoring exploits were found out by Chelsea when he struck a magnificent hat trick against them in the European Super Cup Final, where the Spanish club beat the Blues 4-1 back in August.
And since then, only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez have scored more goals in their respective leagues than Falcao.
The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a £50 million move to Chelsea ever since Andre Villas-Boas took over in June 2011, but instead of joining his former boss at Stamford Bridge, Falcao opted to join the La Liga outfit for a club-record fee of £34 million, filling the void left by Sergio Aguero.
However, if he does decide to join the West London club this summer, it could be the start of another golden period for the Blues, with Falcao tipped to be a success in the Premier League.
One of the best strikers in the world at present, the former Millonarios trainee is entering the prime of his career, and it seems a move to the Premier League would be an ideal opportunity for him to truly develop into the world's best striker.
Playing with a talented playmaker like Hazard would certainly enable him to do that. Falcao's current supplier, Turkish midfielder Arda Turan, has been a reliable source of creativity. However, it is fair to say that the Belgian is on another level, with pace, agility and superb vision allowing him to find his teammates.
Just to imagine the link up between the quartet of Hazard, Mata, Oscar and Falcao makes one foam at the mouth.
Coming to a stadium near you, it could be a deadly combination, and one which could see the glory days return to Stamford Bridge.
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