When Chelsea signed Eden Hazard in the summer he was rightfully earmarked as a potential Premier League star and kicking ball-boys apart he has had a very positive impact this season. However not long after bringing in Eden the Belgian himself admitted that Chelsea had signed an even better player - his younger brother Thorgan.
As has been the case with many of Chelsea’s starlets this season Thorgan Hazard was asked if he could take in the current campaign on-loan. In the end he was taken in by Zulte-Waregem in Belgium; a team destined for mid-table obscurity this season.
But that has not been the case as the side have been up at the top of the championship for the majority of the campaign although a long way behind league leaders Anderlecht for much of the season.
Last month however that has changed when Zulte-Waregem went to the Constant Vanden Stock and won 1-0 to close the gap on Sporting and after winning their game with Charleroi this weekend they have gone within three points of the Belgian giants at the top of the table.
One man who has been integral to this recent surge in form is Hazard Junior whose performances from the left-wing have been sensational in recent weeks; it was indeed his corner that was hammered home by Mbaye Leye for the recent win against Charleroi.
He also bagged his third goal of the season against Sporting Lokeren in February; smashing home from 25 yards:
Being unbeaten since October has seen them open up a massive 11 point gap from third placed Genk in pursuit of the title. With just two games left in the regular season they have every chance of overhauling their Brussels rivals and finishing at the top of the table for the first time in their history.
That would not however mean they are the champions. First they would have to compete in the six-team championship play-off.
For Hazard he has really come into his own at the end of this season and a potential loan spell next season in Ligue 1, Eredivisie or the Bundesliga should not be discounted.
One thing that does look clear is Eden’s promising assessment of his baby brother appears to be on the money.
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