Thorgan Hazard’s season-long loan switch to Borussia Monchengladbach, as reported by the BBC, presents an opportunity for the 21-year-old to finally move out of his more famous brother’s shadow.
Thorgan has spent the last two years on loan at Zulte Waregem in the Belgian Pro League since signing for Chelsea from RC Lens in 2012.
In his two seasons in Belgium he has notched up 73 appearances and scored 18 goals, and was named as the league’s best player in 2013.
The Bundesliga will be a step-up, but it is one Thorgan must take if he is to fulfil the potential and promise that convinced Chelsea to sign him with his brother Eden.
Coach Lucien Favre’s Gladbach philosophy is one of fluidity and teamwork. Their attacking style of play will suit Thorgan’s play-making, and their spot in the Europa League this coming season offers a chance for him to blossom against top opposition.
But Thorgan will not be able to neglect his defensive duties. He will have to do more than wait for the ball to come to him so he can work his magic. He will need to work hard for the team all over the pitch to be deemed a success.
He has already grabbed his first pre-season strike, against Stoke, showing a calm composure in front of goal that will only develop further as his confidence grows with the experience of playing at a higher level.
If this season does prove to be a success, surely it will be time for Jose Mourinho to consider bringing Thorgan in to the Chelsea fold alongside Eden.