While Los Blancos have enjoyed a strong start to the La Liga season, Eden Hazard has, rather worryingly for Madrid supporters, flattered to deceive. After signing a five-year deal with the Spanish giants back in June of this year, Zinedine Zidane was hoping that the Belgian winger would fill the ever-apparent void that was left behind when Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus. As of yet, however, that has failed to become a reality.
As a result, we’re going to look at whether Hazard still has the potential to become a galactico, while also analysing his early-season performances.
Is the Best Yet to Come?
The Belgian’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, along with much of the Spanish press, have admitted to expecting more from the 28-year-old attacker, yet the three-time Champions League-winning coach also believes that the best is yet to come. Even though Hazard has yet to find his best form in an attacking sense, he has demonstrated his defensive capabilities in several early appearances. Since bursting onto the scene at Lille in 2008, there have never been any questions regarding his quality, and if the Madrid supporters can afford him patience, then the Belgian will undoubtedly show his excellence over the coming months.
There are no doubts that Hazard will need to start delivering in Madrid if he’s to be accepted and appreciated by the Los Blancos supporters. Having opened up an early lead over both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, Real Madrid are currently 6/4 with La Liga betting to be crowned champions come the end of the season. With such a long campaign ahead, Hazard returning to form will be crucial if Madrid are to win their second league title in eight years.
After proving himself as one of the world’s best players during his seven years at Chelsea, Hazard would finally get his dream move to Real Madrid in the most recent summer transfer window. However, right from the very first second that the winger stepped foot in the Santiago Bernabeu, he failed to capture the hearts of the fans. Upon being unveiled, Los Blancos supporters were heard chanting for the club to sign Kylian Mbappe, and since then, things haven’t got any easier for Hazard.
If Madrid supporters are to see the best of their new signing, then they will have to exercise patience with Hazard. Having missed the opening three matches of the season with a hamstring injury, the Belgian has featured in 197 minutes of La Liga action thus far in the campaign. In that time, the £89 million addition has failed to contribute to a single goal. Moreover, Hazard was also unable to produce his best form in Madrid’s opening Champions League group match where Zidane’s side fell to a three-goal defeat away to Paris Saint Germain. Although it’s perhaps too early to write him off, and while the Belgian has lacked match fitness following his earlier injury, Madrid supporters aren’t generally known for showing patience when it comes to new signings.
Patience is the Key
Moving to a new club is never easy, especially when you’re arriving with the expectation of becoming the new Cristiano Ronaldo. While Hazard has struggled in his first few months in Madrid, patience is the key to the Belgian once again showing that he’s one of the world’s best.