There’s one obvious way in which United could have approached the Eden Hazard saga, and it’s a way that not many people seem to have thought of. There happens to be another Hazard in France, Thorgan Hazard. Thorgan is the younger brother of new Chelsea recruit Eden, and plies his trade in Ligue 2 with renowned football factory, RC Lens.
At the age of 19, he has only made 11 league appearances for Lens, but Belgian youth coaches who have worked with both siblings, tip young Thorgan to be as good, if not better than his more famous brother. On this premise, United could have, and possibly should have, made a serious play for Thorgan. He would not command a massive transfer fee as he has made only a handful of appearances. He is not much more than a raw talent at this stage, but would flourish in United’s environment. United also have other Belgians in the reserves and youth team which is always important when a player moves to a new country. Under the expert tutelage of United’s youth and senior coaches, he could possibly even go on to become an Old Trafford legend.
More importantly, however, it could have persuaded Europe’s biggest talent (Eden), to join United instead of the Russian riches of Chelsea. Fantasy football you might ask? Maybe, but with a little bit of thought this could actually have happened.
Who knows? Maybe one day Thorgan Hazard could make the move his brother never did.
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