It’s no more news that the old guard at Chelsea have been completely phased out. Gary Cahill is the current captain of the Chelsea side and has shown himself to be a good leader although his place in the starting lineup is being challenged. However, his place on the bench for England during consequential games in the Russia 2018 World Cup has not helped his case. Chelsea needs a consistent and regular performer on all fronts at this time.
Chelsea might need a breath of freshness in the team’s leadership, and going by how some of the Chelsea players have fared in the Russia 2018 World Cup, it won’t be a crazy idea to recommend Eden Hazard for the role of Chelsea’s new captain.
Hazard was named the captain of the Belgium national team ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. This development was received with mixed reactions even amongst the Chelsea faithful, as Hazard has projected a calm personality over the years at Chelsea off the pitch, albeit not short of confidence on the pitch
However, the Belgian has cast a different personality in the Belgium national team in the Russia 2018 World Cup. He may not be the rugged type in terms of being outspoken but he has proven that he can lead a side through thick and thin. He was imposing in the games where they proved to be outright favourites. In the game against Japan, where they went two goals down, and all seemed to be lost, he didn’t give up, but inspired his teammates to a comeback from 2 goals down in the second half to win the game 3:2 in regulation time, winning the Man of the Match award in the process.
Hazard is not known to be much of a talker and there may be concerns that he may not be able to manage egos in the Chelsea dressing room. That assertion has been quashed recently and thrown out the window because the Belgian has been talking tough to both teammates. club and the media in recent times. Hazard has successfully managed many big egos in the Belgian team in Russia 2018 thus far. The likes of De Bruyne, Lukaku, Vertonghen, Courtois, and others have coped well and there have been no clashes thus far.
It could be recalled that Hazard reportedly asked Lukaku to be more imposing at halftime in their first game against Panama in Russia 2018, insinuating that they were a man short in the first half because of his performance. We all saw the end result. The Manchester United forward came alive in the second half and a scored a brace that saw Belgium end up 3 nil winners on the day.
Hazard can captain Chelsea. He has garnered the required leadership experience. He will fit into the bill as Chelsea captain. He has been the club’s most consistent performer since his arrival and has proven beyond doubt that he can be Chelsea’s next captain going by his successful voyage thus far with the star-studded Belgium side in Russia 2018.