Firepower augmentation appears to be a top priority for Leicester City as they prepare for a maiden voyage into Champions League waters.
Reports in Germany indicate the Foxes fancy Borussia Monchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard, younger brother of Chelsea’s Eden.
The Belgian was, for a short time, a teammate of his feted sibling at Stamford Bridge, but was farmed out to the Bundesliga for a profit without playing a single minute of first team football in west London.
This fate was one compatriots Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku can relate to, albeit to lesser extents in both cases.
The Blues’ metaphorical talent trawler works very much in the same way as the physical fish-farming machines industrial seamen use to devastate marine ecosystems and economies of developing-world communities the world over and it was thanks to this that’s how De Bruyne, Lukaku and the younger Hazard ended up in west London.
Pulled from their respective Belgian bases as teen prodigies, the duo spent the bulk of their Chelsea careers on various loans interspersed with a few Premier League cameos for the Blues before being sold.
The pair have since realised their enormous potential in starring for the recently-deposed Premier League champions’ top-tier rivals, while their former employers simultaneously endured their worst season in years.
With the prospect of Hazard returning to England, Chelsea fans may yet have to stomach seeing another youngster they never gave a chance to flourish for the benefit of a foe.
In just 18 league starts for Monchengladbach this term, the 23-year-old has set up three goals and helped himself to as many, while maintaining averages of 1.3 and 1.4 in the key passes and dribbles-per-match metrics.
While it’s hard to quantify these numbers as world-beating, they have to be respected and, having recorded them representing one of the strongest outfits in the Bundesliga, Hazard clearly has the talent to prosper in the Premier League, should he return to England this summer.