Hazard has been playing in the no 10 role recently, and has said thats where he would prefer to play though
I believe he said it was honor to be given no.10 number for Belgium & that playing time & playing in right position is important to him regarding next move? I Could be wrong though. And Yes Hazard has played more through center this season at Lille but as I said few pages back in this thread I imagine SAF wants Hazard (IF he came to us) to play a free roaming role like Ronaldo use to do for us. He would be asked start on LW like does at Lille then just go all across final 3rd doing whatever he wants to do. I think it would be silly to just play him on LW anyway & tell him to stay there as no one will ever get the best out of him doing that he needs to able roam to be able to produce at best imo. Which is shown in the stats for this season gone by, where he made 16 assists & scored 22 goals which is his personal best record to date.
what is up with everyone taking the no 10 role nowadays
whats wrong with being a winger?
anyways, Kagawa has more in common with mata if anything
Nothing wrong with being a winger, but my point is football grows, continues & evolves. In the past 4-4-2 was way to go then 4-3-3 came into effect now seeing a 4-2-3-1 shape take effect.
The idea is the player who plays in front of 2 CM's & behind the lone CF acts as creative link man through CM to CF finding space & passes to open up teams defenses, he also has a reasonability to make a 3 man Midfielder when needed & have legs & pace to join in attacks & chip in with goals/assists as well. Role of no.10/CAM therefore has come important over last few years as seen with Mata in Chelsea team over season played on wing & as no.10 Think most will agree his better off CF where link up play in attack, find space & when needs to he drops deeper to help his 2 CM's.
Chelsea should see benefits of what switch in shape has done for them when AvB left, RdM made Chelsea go to 4-2-3-1 & moved away from there 4-3-3 which used for years. Chelsea since Feb have played 2 deep CMs & Mata as said played as creative advanced midfielder where able to effect games more then he did when out wide drifting in.
Prob already know all this mate but No.10/CAM role becoming important part of teams success in modern day football, if you want to look at what happens when don’t play 4-2-3-1 & have no natural creative no.10/CAM in mould of Mata or Silva in your side then look at our European displays this season. SAF went with a open 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 shape which didn’t go to well & played Rooney off CF as No.10 but apart from his goals I don’t think had a good season & think that role doesn’t suit his style for all Rooney qualities I find him better as a no.9 then no.10 so goes show how much depends on playing as no.10/CAM.
And I agree Mata & Kagawa a like in a lot ways in terms of how they play & what effect they have on there respected teams.
Double Edit: Freaking hell stupid PC & internet, sorry for the double post.