A year and a half after his arrival in Madrid, Eden Hazard, plagued by injuries, has still not lived up to expectations. He is (again) back with Real, who travel to Elche on Wednesday (9:30 p.m.).
A blow from the scarf in training ignited the canvas on Sunday. Failing to get the Madrid public to stand up, unaccustomed to the explosions of Belgian number 7, recruited at a gold price in the summer of 2019 (160 million euros according to information from the Flemish daily Het Laatste Nieuws) but whose performance is still struggling to be felt. Traveling to the promoted Elche on Wednesday (9:30 p.m.), Real Madrid should record the return of Eden Hazard, once again.
Injured at the start of the season, the captain of the Belgian selection has only played 6 of the 21 meetings scheduled for the White House this year. A short month of competition and two goals, in Milan against Inter (2-0, 25 October) and a splendid long shot against Huesca five days later (4-1). Before relapsing against Alavés on November 28, leaving before the half hour mark (1-2). Bad luck for the 29-year-old striker, who also contracted the coronavirus at the time of the international truce in November. “Eden (Hazard) will be there on Wednesday,” Zinédine Zidane said on Tuesday. The idea is that he plays a bit. ” After a month of absence due to an injury to the right thigh, the time has come for the Belgian to find the meadow, after warming up without coming into play against Granada a week ago (2-0 ). “The other day, something else was decided, but the idea for Wednesday’s game is for him to play,” his coach explained.
The least profitable player in the championship
The time has come for the former Lille resident to live up to the investment made. A considerable investment, in view of the transfer and the emoluments of the Belgian, of the order of 600,000 euros per week. A study, relayed by the Madrid daily AS this Monday, even elevates Eden Hazard to the unflattering rank of least profitable player in La Liga. Thus, each direct contribution to a goal since his arrival (3 goals, 7 assists in 28 matches, ie a decisive action every 269 minutes) would be evaluated at… 7,812,506 euros each!
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“He has already spent many days with the team, so our desire is also to take advantage of Eden”, pleads Zidane, who has never known a Hazard in full possession of his means. Above all, the situation is strangely reminiscent of the one known with Gareth Bale, who arrived in 2013 against 100 million euros. With the only difference that the Welshman, who dragged a reputation as a player (too) often injured, took part in 43% of Real matches during his seven years at the club, against less than 30% for Hazard since his arrival. A trend all the more curious as the Belgian had previously been relatively little injured in his career.
This return on the occasion of a trip to the poorly classified Elche (16th, without a victory for more than two months) is timely. Especially since Real Madrid, who are seeking to keep the lead alongside neighbor Atletico, will have to count on him after losing Brazilian winger Rodrygo for at least three months. Finally the end of the tunnel for the ex-Chelsea player? “He is hungry for the ball and 2021 will be his year”, predicted his coach Roberto Martinez at the microphone of RTL in Belgium on Monday. The Merengues are just waiting for that.