There’s something in those genes. The Hazard family are a production line of football talent, with Eden leading the way and Thorgan playing catch-up. Previously only a prospect, Eden’s younger brother is starting to fulfil his promise at Bundesliga high fliers Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Following a loan to the German side last season, Thorgan permanently joined Mönchengladbach this summer, leaving Chelsea for a fee of almost £6 million. His loan spell was a success, playing a key role in midfield as the side finished an impressive 3rd.
Pochettino could be eyeing up Thorgan as a potential solution to the dearth of creativity in his midfield. Even with a fully fit squad, Spurs lack a creative edge, relying almost entirely on the dazzling talents of Christian Eriksen.
Andros Townsend remains the forgotten man, ignored by Pochettino. What’s most bizarre about the Townsend situation is that Lamela is a first team regular, a player far more deserving of the bench. Summer signing Son Heung Min looks to be an astute purchase, though he is yet to settle into the side.
Even if Son is to cement his first team place, Spurs would still only have two creative players. An injury to either, a somewhat likely event considering the physical strain of Pochettino’s pressing game, and Spurs lose their cutting edge.
Thorgan Hazard is 22, a product of RC Lens’ youth academy. Joining his brother at Chelsea in 2012, Thorgan had a 2 year loan spell with the Polish side Zulte Waregem, and later Borussia Monchengladbach. Capped once for Belgium, Thorgan is a right footed attacker, operating from the left flank.
His strengths lie in movement, having the speed and vision to beat the opposition’s offside line.
Aware of his less than impressive finishing, Thorgan is far more likely to find a pass than the back of the net when through on goal.
The current Tottenham side have struggled to score goals this season, though Thorgan could still solve the problem; the issue lies in creating chances, not taking them. Last season’s revelation, Harry Kane, has had little to work with. His intelligent movement could match Thorgan’s, the two working together to pull defenders out of position.
With scouts watching Hazard at the Juventus vs Borussia Monchengladbach game, he’s certainly on the radar. One possible factor to watch out for is the buy-back clause in Thorgan’s contract. Chelsea have the option, should Spurs make a bid, to snatch him away.
It happened with Willian, and if Chelsea’s vindictive transfer past is anything to go by, expect fireworks.