Eden Hazard surprisingly picks overlooked Chelsea flop as most talented teammate

In a conversation on John Obi Mikel's podcast, former Chelsea and Real Madrid player Eden Hazard named Gael Kakuta, a former Chelsea prospect, as the most talented player he ever played alongside.

Eden Hazard Names Gael Kakuta As One Of The Best He Played Along
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During an appearance on John Obi Mikel’s The Obi One podcast, former Chelsea and Real Madrid forward Hazard discussed the best player he ever played alongside. While mentioning esteemed names like Luka Modric and fellow Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, Hazard surprisingly singled out former Chelsea prospect Gael Kakuta as the most talented.

Reflecting on his time at Real Madrid, Hazard acknowledged the exceptional abilities of players like Modric and Karim Benzema. He also highlighted De Bruyne, Frank Lampard, and Juan Mata among the top talents he’s encountered. However, Hazard emphasized that Kakuta’s talent stood out significantly, expressing his admiration with a resounding “wow.”

Kakuta, who joined Chelsea as a highly regarded prospect from Lens at just 15, struggled to fulfil expectations at Stamford Bridge, eventually departing after numerous loan spells. Despite a career resurgence in France, Kakuta currently plays for Amiens in Ligue 2.

Hazard believes Kakuta’s move to Chelsea came prematurely at the age of 16, suggesting it might have been too early for such a significant transition.

Hazard retired prematurely at 32 due to injury setbacks during his time at Real Madrid, following a high-profile transfer from Chelsea. He revealed on Mikel’s podcast that he has no plans to return to professional football, except for possibly coaching children in the future.

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

Forwarder, Midfielder

BelgiumBelgium

Age: 33

173 cm

76 kg

This season he played in total 6 times for 194 minutes for La Liga.

Eden Hazard didn’t score any goal for Real Madrid. He procured no assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in La Liga. In the last match Real Madrid drew 1-1 against Rayo Vallecano.

TBC performance and stats

TBC

Manager: Scott Rogers
Top 3 Scorers
Last season

Gaël Kakuta

Gaël Kakuta

Forwarder, Midfielder

Congo DRCongo DR

Age: 33

173 cm

64 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 20 11 Missed
Minutes 1570 78.5 Avg
Goals 5 0.3 Avg
Assist 1 0.1 Avg
Attempt 75 3.8 Avg
Passes 608 30.459.8% AvgSucc
Yellow 3 0.2 Avg
Red 1 0.1 Avg

This season he played in total 16 times for 1356 minutes for Ligue 2.

Gaël Kakuta scored 4 goals for Amiens SC. He procured one assist. He received 3 yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 10th in Ligue 2. In the last match Amiens SC lost 2-0 against Caen.

Amiens SC performance and stats

Amiens SC

Manager: Omar Daf
Rank 10th
Win 10
Draw 13
Loss 8
Goals 28-30
Diff -2

Amiens SC is currently 10th in the Ligue 2 with 35 points.

In the last 24 games, it has won 9 times, drawn 9 times, and lost 6 times. In its last match, Amiens SC lost 2-0 against Caen.​​

It has a negative goal difference after scoring 20 goals and conceding 23.​

Amiens SC will play the next match in Ligue 2 against Bordeaux on Monday 19th of February in Amiens. The prediction is Bordeaux winning the match.​