Eden Hazard Names The £55.5M City Signing Who “Has Everything” To Succeed At The Highest Level

Chelsea legend Eden Hazard is backing his fellow countryman Jeremy Doku to thrive under the guidance of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

The winger joined the Premier League champions from Rennes for £55.5m last summer and, asked by John Obi Mikel on The Obi One podcast whether Doku has the attributes to go all the way to the top, Hazard said:

“Yeah, yeah, for sure. He has everything. He has everything and he’s now with Pep Guardiola. Guardiola’s going to teach him everything also.”

Doku has had an impressive start to his career at the Etihad, having racked up 4 goals and provided 6 assists in 25 appearances for his new club.

However, it should be noted that 5 of those goal involvements came in one game; the 6-1 win over Bournemouth in November.

City took a risk in recruiting the Belgian

The forward’s record at Rennes wasn’t exactly that impressive. 12 goals and 10 assists in 92 matches is pretty mediocre and, combined with his injury record, City were taking a punt by paying such a sizeable sum for his services.

Currently, it does look as though the gamble will pay off, although there are still some concerns about his fitness. He missed a month of action late last year due to a muscular problem but it will be hoped that he doesn’t have any further spells on the sidelines.

Doku is a rough diamond that needs polishing

As Hazard mentions, the 21-year-old has everything he needs to be a world-class player. He has pace, great close ball control and an eye for a pass.

However, there are some concerns about his end product. Doku’s finishing is inconsistent and his final delivery can be somewhat wayward at times.

You would back Guardiola to get the most out of the Belgian international’s talent but polishing off the rough edges may take some time.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.