In a bit, all eyes will move away from the International games to club football as teams serve us another entertaining spectacle beginning from this weekend big clash between Chelsea and Manchester United.
Chelsea have been in the news largely because of our talismanic player, Eden Hazard. With his future still up in the air, his every utterance will surely be analyzed by the media.
More interesting has been Head Coach, Maurizio Sarri’s intention to consider playing him as a striker:
“I was tempted to use Hazard as a centre-forward and I might consider it again in future, but it’s not the right time now,” Sarri said. “We need to believe in Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata…”
With Giroud and Morata having scored just three goals between them, could this be the right time to play Hazard as a centre-forward?
Here are the pros and cons:
Playing Hazard as a centre-forward will be a good idea considering the misfiring problems of our two strikers, Giroud and Morata. It is believed that any team that dreams of winning the title must have a 20-goal a season striker and neither of our two strikers based on current form can muster the goals needed for a serious title challenge. That turns our attention to the league’s top scorer and also Chelsea’s most in-form player, Eden Hazard. The Belgian has been ruthless in front of goal this season. His scoring prowess has been the missing piece in his game, and now he has it, it should be best utilized by Sarri by playing him as a striker in the same way he did with Dries Mertens at former club, Napoli. With Chelsea two strikers floundering at the moment, this might be the right time to unleash the hazardous Eden Hazard.
The truth be told that Hazard is in the best scoring form of his career and it’s no fluke. But on the flip side, the Belgian is more known for his all-round mesmerizing display than his goalscoring. So with this in mind the player might find it too much of a burden to be the goal-scoring machine for Chelsea. This in effect might also diminish his influence on games as he will need to display positional discipline in playing as a striker compared to being allowed to roam about the field to cause and pose problems to opposition defense all over. More so, playing the Belgian as a striker will have a knock-on effect on the confidences of Giroud and Morata as it makes both strikers feel that they are not good enough, hence, casting their futures at the club in doubt.
What do you think? Should Sarri play Hazard as a striker? Have your say on this in the comment zone. Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!