Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chelsea vs Leicester City

Chelsea vs Leicester City

The Foxes chief gave Hazard his professional debut when he was a 16-year-old at Lille in 2007.

The Belgium global has been quoted as saying he is ready to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester boss Claude Puel coached Hazard as a teenager at Lille from 2007-08 and marked him as a future giant of the game.

But Puel said: "That is not an advantage".

"With Wes, I don't know for the moment how long he will be out, but he will not make not be in the squad for Chelsea". "This shows we have a good player".

Some Chelsea supporters will be champing at the bit to see £15 million January recruit Ross Barkley in action as soon as possible, but it's likely Saturday's clash will come too soon for the sidelined star. "They have a lot of solutions to play with a number of players with great quality". "They lost to Watford, who have won once in a blue moon, and with Chelsea needing a win to consolidate their position in the top four, I fear for the Foxes".

Antonio Conte Roma Chelsea Champions League
GETTYChelsea boss Antonio Conte has been tipped to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season

It takes a big leap of faith to back a team to win that hasn't tasted success in 20 consecutive league games but if ever West Brom are going to get back to winning ways then they won't get many better chances than the one they have this weekend.

"He is free in the system - he can play on the left, the right, as a striker, or just near a striker where he comes back to take the ball. He can make always penetration and the difference, it is just important to have a good structure and organisation around him".

As well as drawing with Arsenal in the EFL Cup and Norwich City in the FA Cup, Antonio Conte's side were held by the Gunners in their last Premier League encounter.

I was going to leave Bristol City out this weekend because they could well be exhausted from their near-heroic exploits at Man City on Tuesday, but they're odds against at home to an inconsistent Norwich side which has tempted me to back them to win or draw. "He is a young player who arrives in a good team where there is competition and he needs to keep working and improve".

Conte should have a full squad to call upon - pending his press conference, coming up shortly - though all the key first-choice players were involved on Wednesday, so perhaps Conte will be forced into a rotation or two.


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