Chelsea FC midfielders Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic were featured on Chelsea TV’s Friday Night Live show with Gigi Salmon and they went through a series of segments with the host. They played a bit of table football, or foosball, and as a part of the show fielded questions from enthusiastic Chelsea fans that called in. One of the fans said that he hope Eden Hazard could have a legacy at Chelsea similar to Gianfranco Zola’s and also asked the youngster about his shirt number. Hazard currently wears number 17 but he expressed a desire for the number 10 shirt by saying that “If I can take the number 10 at Chelsea, I will”.
“If I can take the number 10 at Chelsea, I will.” – Eden Hazard
In the Abramovic era the Chelsea number 10 shirt was first worn by England international Joe Cole who wore the shirt for seven years of creative brilliance. The shirt was then inexplicably given to Yossi Benayoun for a season before it was given to someone who actually deserved in Juan Mata for two and a half seasons. Since Mata’s transfer to Manchester United, the shirt has gone unclaimed despite rumors that new boy Mohamed Salah would claim it but he was given or chose number 15. Eden Hazard does wear number 10 for the Belgian national team and he is certainly deserving of it.
Chelsea as a club does not seem to put much stock or importance in to most numbers other than the legendary number 25 worn by Gianfranco Zola. This is clear when you look at the fact that a defender in Khalid Boulahrouz and midfielder Steve Sidwell wore number 9. It would be fantastic if Hazard was to keep number 17 and make it his own but the number 10 shirt is usually given to the team’s best playmaker which Eden Hazard certainly is.
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