‘Chelsea should replace Hazard with Zaha’

first_img LATEST TRANSFER NEWS The Manchester United move came too early in Zaha’s career and there is a sense of unfinished business. He wants to show the world he belongs with the best.Let him prove it. Hazard would leave a void at Chelsea 4 4 targets Zaha offers a similar style of play to Hazard 4 RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Chelsea would get their edge-of-the-seat fix, their je ne sais quoi.Zaha battled relegation last season and his team enjoy far less possession than Chelsea. Imagine what he might do supplied by Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, in an expressive Maurizio Sarri team?£70m, the rumoured asking price, buys you a ready-made Premier League entertainer and, at 25-years-old, one that could become extraordinary given the right tools.Chelsea, if they fail to cling onto Hazard, should fill the void of excitement left behind and accept that to replace everything else would be impossible. Zaha does not mind close attention Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father They will not find another Hazard and the prospect of his departure strikes genuine fear into Blue hearts.His transcendental power to thrill from the depths of pragmatism has made him a Chelsea legend in his own right: the most supremely talented player the club has ever seen.But the true beauty of the Belgian is not in his match-winning capabilities; it comes through the simple pleasure of watching him. The oohs and ahs. The breathtaking moments of magic.It’s the Ronaldinho approach. Hazard reminds Chelsea fans that football is supposed to be fun, when at times it’s easy to forget.Let’s get one thing straight: Wilfried Zaha is not as good as Hazard. Only a handful of unattainable players are.But all of the above also applies to his relationship with Crystal Palace. 4 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January How do you replace the irreplaceable?Real Madrid could turn to Eden Hazard to answer that very question and thereby force it on Chelsea. Statistically, Zaha is the closest thing to Hazard in the Premier League. A fundamentally similar player in different context.Being the second-most fouled man in England, Zaha can empathise with the cynical, tactical attention Hazard receives.The Belgian is unique in the way he thrives off being roughed up, winning free-kicks for his team in key areas and making himself impossible to dispossess.It’s a role any winger arriving from Europe would take time to learn, or perhaps falter with, but not Zaha. You can hack away all you like, he will still go past you.The Ivorian is the second-best dribbler in the Premier League (behind you-know-who). They play in the same spirit: stacking up their YouTube highlights reel, living for the nutmeg. LATEST Hazard’s main objective is to excite moving on REVEALED last_img

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