La Dernière Heure today reported that Eden Hazard’s 19 year-old brother Thorgan is about to join him at Chelsea. Has the world gone mad? I could just about understand why Chelsea took Lamisha (20) and Tika (18) Musonda when they wanted to sign 15 year-old Charly Junior; to be honest, their father was probably insisting that it was a package deal or nothing. But Eden Hazard is a married man with a child. I would think he hardly needs his kid brother to join him so he can settle down in the cosmopolitan metropolis that is London.
Don’t get me wrong. Thorgan Hazard, Lamisha and Tika Musonda are not bad footballers, but they are works-in-progress. To-date, there is absolutely nothing about them that says they are special, apart from their surnames. All three are midfielders, all three have represented Belgium at youth levels and all three have no experience of first division football in any country. All three are Belgian and maybe that – plus the family connections – is enough.
What’s next? Chelsea to sign Kylian Hazard (16) from the Lille academy and put down a deposit on Ethan Hazard, just 7, who is having a run with the juniors at Belgian second division club Tubize. Or perhaps, Chelsea should go back to Anderlecht and grab Jordan Lukaku so that older brother Romelu has someone to compete with at Football Manager.
Enough is enough. Eden Hazard is world class and Charly Musonda Junior is one of the most highly-rated young players in Europe. However, at the present rate of progress, Chelsea will have a squad of about 50 players, many of which will be teenagers who are simply marking time and making money.