James Maddison says Arsenal target Eden Hazard was ‘dumb’ during his Chelsea days.
The Leicester City playmaker posted the comments to his Instagram Story on Thursday morning and was responding to Chelsea’s official social media account which posted a compilation of his goals in their colours.
During his days at Chelsea, Hazard was a two-time Premier League winner and he wowed the crowd with his ball-carrying ability, tight control and ability to make things happen.
This paved the way for him to move to Spain and join Real Madrid for a fee close to £150million in 2019 (BBC Sport).
But, fast forward to today, and the likes of Arsenal are apparently considering signing the 31-year-old as it has gone horribly wrong for him at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Perhaps, like a certain Philippe Coutinho, going back to where he worked his magic best is what he should do next as his days in Madrid are becoming more and more of a nightmare.
‘That guy was just an idiot’, Leicester’s Maddison is certainly still a fan of the Arsenal target as he posted on his IG, but would he be a good fit for Mikel Arteta’s side?
With the ball he could definitely fit into their system on the left channel, but not without the ball as he lacks the aggression or intelligence to press.
Also, given that he recently turned 31 and will likely be on stupid wages, he’s not exactly the profile of the player Arsenal have been clamoring for lately.
Yes, if the Gunners secure Champions League football, they may need to bring in ready-made players.
But it’s probably too risky to take a punt on a player who has struggled for form and consistency since joining La Liga.
Hazard has only managed six goals and ten assists in 65 games, Gabriel Martinelli, on the other hand, has scored 17 goals and provided ten of his 74 appearances for the Emirates.
Arteta would probably be better off nurturing young talents like Martinelli, rather than pushing for a very risky signing to Hazard given his career.
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