Gladbach playmaker Thorgan Hazard has backed two Chelsea youngsters to make an impact in the Premier League side’s first team.
The former Chelsea player and brother of current Blues star, Eden, feels that his curent teammate Andreas Christensen, who’s on loan at Die Fohlen, and compatriot Charly Musonda – are players with undeniable potential.
Before making the £5.9 million permanent switch to the Bundesliga side, Hazard was part of a successful Chelsea youth team that included Musonda and Christensen.
However with the current system of the title chasing side loaning out players once they are ready for first-team football, there’s been talk of who may return and who may be ones that leave permanently.
“When he arrived everybody in the team and at the club were saying “wow”, what a defender, what a player,” Thorgan told Goal.
“He can play football, he is strong, he is fast, he is intelligent and so he has helped us a lot and helped us get Champions League qualification.
“I think he has a great future and he can play at a top, top level at a top, top team. When a 19-year-old comes into defence like this and does this and I am very confident about his future.
“Charly is a friend. He decided to go on loan to Betis and the first year he was fantastic for Charly,” he continued.
“So after he decided to return to Chelsea and he decided to take a place in the squad so I know Charly and I think he is a winner. He will fight for that and I hope he can do this [play for Chelsea].
“I think he knows also that there are very good players in his position, so he needs to fight very, very hard. My brother, Willian and Pedro and it is a lot of players.”
Hazard then weighed his personal opinion of the system that’s seen Chelsea loan over 30 players this season.
“As we saw with me, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne. If you want to go – it is your decision. I am not sure, but I think it was the decision from those guys to go – as well as me away from Chelsea.
“But the system is very good for the player and it is good that they don’t block you and, if you want to go then go.”