5 Real Madrid players who will feel serious pressure next season

Real Madrid, Ferland Mendy (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Eden Hazard
Real Madrid, Eden Hazard (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

LW Eden Hazard

What role will Eden Hazard play in the 2022/23 squad for Real Madrid? That’s the key question for Carlo Ancelotti to answer, because Los Blancos will have another season of Hazard. Nobody can afford his wages, and there is no real transfer interest in the Belgian after another injury-filled seasons.

But if his cameo appearance against Cadiz is any indication, Hazard may have something left in him. The 31-year-old left winger no longer has a plate in his ankle, and that could help him find the freedom of movement and ensuing confidence he needs to be effective.

Hazard is under more pressure than any other Real Madrid player, given his price tag and his failure to meet anywhere near the expectations that were placed on him when he joined in 201 from Chelsea. There have been bright moments and a certain national teammate’s tackle is partially to blame, but Hazard knows no excuse changes the course of history.

He is determined, though, and Madridistas still rightfully have love and hope for one of the most wonderful players of the 2010’s. Hazard has game-changing talent, as Madridistas have seen firsthand when healthy. Let’s see if the No. 7 can carve a useful role for himself in the 2022/23 season; it will require a lot of hard work from the player to make things click.