Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard in action for Real Madrid in the La Liga. Source: Instagram @hazardeden_10

Eden Hazard, the enigmatic Belgian playmaker plying his trade for Real Madrid, is not having the best time at the Bernabeu; he is struggling for form and fitness and questions have been raised over the decision to even sign him in the first place.

Hazard spent seven trophy-laden seasons with Chelsea before moving to Madrid to embark on a new adventure, but it has been a nightmare so far with the forward finding it hard to adjust to his new surroundings.

Here are some of the reasons why we think Eden Hazard is struggling at the moment at Real Madrid.

Eden Hazard plagued by injuries

Throughout his 7 years at Chelsea, Hazard only missed 21 games and was a constant in the blues’ lineups over the years, he never missed more than 3 matches in a row despite the odd niggles here and there.

However, Hazard has been plagued by numerous muscle and ankle injuries that have seen him miss 59 games for Madrid so far, which is more than an entire season’s worth of matches.

He has found it hard to regain his fitness and at one point, he even reported to training after the summer looking overweight.

Eden Hazard isn’t young anymore

At the age of 30, where strikers usually hit their prime and are at the peak of their powers, Eden Hazard appears to be at the sharp end of an alarming decline.

Coupled with the emerging talents and exciting teenagers coming through the ranks in the form of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo; Eden Hazard has found playing time hard to come by on the rare occasion where he is fully fit.

Intense pressure

Some people falter under pressure, others rise above it and achieve greatness – Eden Hazard, in this case, has faltered inexplicably under the pressure of his huge  £130 million price tag, making him the 5th most expensive player in La Liga history.

With a hefty price tag hanging over his head, the pressure to perform and deliver the goods will always be there; much so after he failed to create any impact during his first few matches, with the failure of each badly-played match increasing to the pressure.

Additionally, Madrid signed Luka Jovic to compete with him for places in the starting eleven, which increased the pressure on the Belgian to perform and fight for his place in the team.

Little wonder why he failed so miserably.

Played out of position

When Hazard was playing for Chelsea, he was deployed on the left wing where he was tasked to terrorize the opposing full-backs, and he would often drift inside and either create chances or shoot at goal himself.

However, at Madrid, the Belgian was often deployed right behind the striker in a Messi-like role, where the diminutive playmaker is often surrounded by the usually bigger-sized center-backs and defensive-midfielders.

On the wing, he didn’t have to worry about looking over his shoulder when receiving a pass because he was always hugging the sidelines.

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