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Hear Me Out: Eden Hazard Should Seriously Consider Newcastle

Eden Hazard has rejected a bid to leave Madrid for Newcastle. But maybe it’s something he should seriously consider.

"Eden Hazard connects with the ball as he takes a penalty for Chelsea against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League" by Ben Sutherland is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Hear Me Out: Eden Hazard Should Seriously Consider Newcastle

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It’s silly season: winter edition in the international football world. So, naturally, those of us who know and love the beautiful game are watching the gossip columns. That’s where I saw news that Newcastle had put in a bid for Eden Hazard. And Real Madrid accepted it. However, Hazard has not.

Now, this really feels like a fall from grace. But I see this as an opportunity. Hazard is a player that definitely has talent. But he has never been THE guy. He has been successful largely because of the pieces around him. And ever since leaving Chelsea for Real, the Belgian just hasn’t looked on it. He’s looked out of shape and uninterested. Gareth Bale 2.0, if you will.

And maybe this is because all he cares about is the money. And, if so, I guess power to him. But he’s making himself look like an idiot. And agreeing to go to a club like Newcastle, fresh out of the Mike Ashley era, could be an intriguing boost to his legacy.

Sure, they seem to be going the way of Manchester City.

That’s not the point, though. Since they are already going down that road, indulge me for a moment. Since the new ownership group has taken control of the club, Steve Bruce was replaced by Eddie Howe, Kieran Trippier left Atletico Madrid to join the Toons, and there hasn’t been a name on the transfer market they have not been afraid to go after.

Donny van de Beek also refused a loan move to Newcastle. But would he have done so if Hazard had accepted a contract before that offer was made? The Dutchman isn’t playing in Manchester, so you’d think he’d be after regular football. And, if someone like Hazard was willing, there’s some interesting prospects that could come to fruition in the North of England.

With an attack that already boasts Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, and newly acquired Chris Wood, Eden could become a centerpiece of a revitalized Newcastle United. He could be just enough to attract other talent to bolster their depth. They have some solid options in midfield and defense, and a keeper who can stand on his head on his best day.

Sure, this season isn’t going to see them finish in the top four. They’re in a dogfight to get out of the relegation zone. But the phoenix could rise from the ashes. Think of the headlines.

And, truly, think of the story. A club is in the relegation zone in January. They bring in strong pieces, fight their way out, and attract some top talent in the summer. They should immediately be in the conversation to compete for a European spot.

Is it going to happen? No. It’s not. But…maybe it should. There’s something brewing in the hills of Newcastle.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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