The Belgium international has been instrumental in keeping Chelsea in the top-four hunt and has scored 11 goals and two assists in the Premier League thus far – including a recent brace against West Brom in Chelsea’s 3-0 win. Chelsea lost 3-0 to Bournemouth at home and this followed by a 4-1 defeat against Watford soon after. However, a win against West Brom now see them sitting fourth on the Premier League log, three points behind second-placed Manchester United and one point behind third-placed Liverpool.
They might well be sitting fourth but the fact remains that Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are crawling up the ladder and are just one point away from the Blues. So as far as the fixtures are concerned for Chelsea, they next face Hull City in the FA Cup before welcoming Barcelona in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. They will then face the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City away from home and this could well and truly affect the course of their campaign.
Talking about the same, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that should the Blues finish outside of the top-four, it would be hard for them to convince Eden Hazard – who is linked with a move to Real Madrid – to stay.
“The unfortunate thing when Chelsea are talking about getting into the top four tonight and Hazard said Chelsea are made to win trophies, this season they can still win the FA Cup and the Champions League, but if they don’t get into the top four, you would have to worry about him,” the former England defender told Sky Sports.
“I think every top club in world football would be looking at that situation if they didn’t get Champions League football.
“He is one of the strongest players in the Premier League. The world’s greatest ever players that we’ve seen, not just in the Premier League, are often flair players so as a defender, you think ‘I can leave one on them’ or something like that, but you can’t bully the best players.
“He’s exactly the same, and he has that strength where you can’t get the ball off them.”
There are speculations claiming that Chelsea are willing to hand Hazard a new and improved contract but nothing has progressed thus far. The player, on his part, too has stated that he wants to pen down a new deal despite the fact that Real Madrid are showing a potential interest. Zinedine Zidane is a known admirer of the Belgian and it now remains to be seen what lies in store for the Belgian.