A pattern is starting to emerge at Chelsea that continually sees their star performers leaving Stamford Bridge after years of outshining the rest of the team.
Juan Mata was the player to start this trend, with his performances making him the club’s Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
However, that wasn’t enough to convince Jose Mourinho that the Spanish midfielder was worthy of a place in his side when he returned to the Blues dugout for the 2013/14 campaign.
Mourinho wanted Mata to track back more and didn’t believe the attacking player would be able to.
The 27-year-old was sold to Manchester United in January as the Portuguese manager continued to doubt his abilities, with the Londoners pocketing £37m.
Eden Hazard finds himself in a similar situation as, despite winning the club’s Player of the Year award in 2014 and 2015, he looks to be on the way out of Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian winger was integral to Chelsea winning the Premier League last season, but has struggled with indifferent form this campaign.
Indeed he has failed to net a league goal this term, with the likes of Kolo Toure, Russell Martin and Craig Dawson all outscoring the man who struck 14 times as the Blues won the title.
A move could help the 25-year-old reinvigorate his career and he has indicated that he would be open to a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Speaking to Le Parisien, Hazard said: “It is difficult to say no to PSG, or to any of the teams capable of winning the Champions League.
“PSG are now in that category. And for me, winning the Champions League is my main aim.”
Thus, it looks like the winger is set to follow Mata’s precedent and this will serve as an indicator to what we can expect down the road.
Willian looks set to be Chelsea’s Player of the Year this season as one of their few good performers and his popularity could see him get the honour in back-to-back campaigns.
The Blues’ short-termism will see the Brazilian follow Mata and Hazard out of Stamford Bridge and continue the trend.