Eden Hazard – Real Madrid
The Belgian star has hardly hit the ground running at the Bernabeu, scoring just once before injuring his ankle in November.
He was expected to return in last night’s Copa del Rey defeat at home to Real Sociedad but will be fit in time for the Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola, the City head coach, perhaps summed the situation up best earlier this week when he told a Spanish YouTube channel: “If he’s not playing well, something’s going on at Madrid because he is really good.
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“Not a top player, another level above. What we saw in England… he is world class. But the whole world knows that you need a period of adaptation.”
The 29-year-old has made just seven La Liga starts and has one assist but Zinedine Zidane has also spoke positively about his future.
David Luiz – Arsenal
The surprise decision to sell the Brazilian to the Blues’ neighbours and top-four rivals has still probably just about paid off despite Frank Lampard’s defence struggling to keep many clean sheets.
Luiz has hardly shone at the Emirates, making a number of errors familiar to those who watched him closely at Stamford Bridge, although the 32-year-old’s form has improved since Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery.
Ola Aina – Torino
The wing back, who joined Chelsea as an under-11, has been doing well in Serie A since joining Torino on a permanent deal for about £9million having spent last season on loan in Turin.
Although Torino have lost three in a row they remain comfortably situated in mid-table and the 23-year-old has been a regular on the left of a 3-5-2 system.
Tomas Kalas – Bristol City
Another who made a loan move permanent, the centre back became Bristol City’s club-record signing following an impressive spell at Ashton Gate last season.
Tomas Kalas playing for Bristol City (Photo by Harry…