Chelsea will miss Eden Hazard as much as Arsenal missed Thierry Henry, claims Tony Cascarino
Tony Cascarino has compared Eden Hazard’s potential Chelsea departure to Thierry Henry’s move away from Arsenal.
Hazard reminded the Blues what they will be missing if he leaves for Real Madrid this summer with a breathtaking display during the 2-0 victory over West Ham on Monday night.
The Belgian waltzed through the Hammers’ defence to score a wonderful solo goal, before doubling his tally with a fine strike late-on.
It was the kind of match-winning individualism that Stamford Bridge has become used to. After all, Hazard has been directly involved in 49 per cent of the club’s Premier League goals this season.
But Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted there is very little he can do to stop the 28-year-old from moving to Madrid if his heart is set on the Bernabeu.
Arsenal were equally powerless when Barcelona came knocking for club legend Henry in 2007, which signalled the beginning of a prolonged period of mediocrity for the Gunners.
And former Blues striker Cascarino, who expects Hazard to leave this summer, believes the potential move could have a similar effect.
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“It will be as big a loss to a team as Thierry Henry was when he left to go to Barcelona,” he told talkSPORT.
“He [Hazard] is up there with the very best. If he gets you from a standing start and he stops, you’re in trouble. There aren’t many players I can say that about.
“He goes from zero to 50 in a split second, then he’s gone. He’ll go either way. How many players can go either way?
“You know he’s going to beat you. Take the first goal last night, there’s not much that any defender could do about that. The speed, acceleration, ability – if you go near him, you know it’s going to be a penalty.
“He is just a very talented boy.
“I do think he’ll leave this summer, it’s a consequence of his contract running down. [Zinendine] Zidane was his hero, so he will want to taste pastures new.”
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Hazard, who has spent seven successful years in west London, has always remained open about his ‘dream’ of playing for Madrid one day.
And Cascarino argues it’s fair enough for a player of his calibre to challenge himself at the top level.
“At least we’re not seeing a player down tools,” he added.
“We’re seeing a player play the best football he can.”
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