Thorgan Hazard’s superb showings for Zulte Waregem in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League over the last two campaigns are proof positive that Chelsea’s signing him was about far more than brotherly love.
A product of the same Lens youth side as French internationals Geoffrey Kondogbia and Raphael Varane, of Monaco and Real Madrid respectively, his form this term has been sufficient to get on to standby list for Belgium’s World Cup squad.
A Rode Duivels side spearheaded by older brother Eden are 23/20 to dispose of Russia in their first group game, but it may not be long before the Hazards’ fraternal bond is reunited in the colour’s of the national team.
After a promising first campaign in 2012/13 Thorgan returned to Zulte for another bite at the cherry, and how, highlighting himself as the best player in the league.
Half a century of 2013/14 outings for the Essevee have yielded 16 goals, 20 assists and the Jupiler Pro League’s Golden Boot and Player of the Year baubles.
For Chelsea fans there is the pleasingly familial prospect of a doubly Hazardous attack in the future, as, unlike his winger older brother, Thorgan plies his trade most often as the most advanced member of a midfield three.
Nonetheless, it’s a daydream that may be some years from reality, with the Daily Mail suggesting Jose Mourinho believes another loan spell may be the best for the 21-year-old.
The Blues boss went to watch the younger Hazard in Belgium and the paper suggests Mourinho will bring him along on their pre-season tour.
However, it also understands that, given the depth of competition currently within the squad for attacking midfield berths, the Portuguese will loan him out again next term.
It’s reported that Liverpool are interested in borrowing the Belgian, although their marginalisation of Chelsea loanee Victor Moses this term may count against them, as it already has in the case of Ryan Bertrand.
Everton provided a far more mutually beneficial backdrop for Hazard’s fellow Stamford-Bridge Belgian in 2013/14, as well as Barcelona prodigy Gerard Deulofeu.
The Toffees are also interested in taking Thorgan on loan and would seem to be at the front of a queue that also includes Bundesliga outfit Schalke.