6 of the best Early-sea­son hat-trick heroes

Nick Bid­well se­lects some of this term’s top tre­bles

World Soccer - - 6 Of The Best -

1.Thor­gan Haz­ard Borus­sia Monchenglad Bach

The younger brother of Chelsea play­maker Eden Haz­ard be­gan the new cam­paign with three goals in the first round of the Ger­man Cup against lower-league BSC Hast­edt and has gone on to catch the eye with his left-flank raz­zle daz­zle.

Few Ger­man-based play­ers have made as much progress over the past 12 months as the 25-year-old, who has ironed out the wrin­kles in his de­fen­sive game, gets into the op­po­si­tion box far more of­ten and is fin­ish­ing with greater ac­cu­racy. He at­tributes his im­proved strike rate to ex­tra shoot­ing prac­tice af­ter train­ing and is not the sort of player who flits in and out of a game.

Pre­vi­ously with Lens, Chelsea and Zulte-Waregem, the Bel­gian is now is in his fifth sea­son with Gladbach and last term was among the top per­form­ers in the Bun­desliga for shots at goal and sprints.

2.Ju­nior Mo­raes shakhtar donetsk

The Brazil­ian scored 10 goals in his first 11 league games for Shakhtar – in­clud­ing three in a derby vic­tory over Olimpik Donetsk – fol­low­ing his con­tro­ver­sial Bos­man free trans­fer in the sum­mer from Ukraine arch-ri­vals Dy­namo Kiev.

Many of his new sup­port­ers have had to re­assess their feel­ings about the 31-year-old striker who back in 2016, while lead­ing the line for Dy­namo, was sent off for el­bow­ing and punch­ing a cou­ple of Shakhtar de­fend­ers.

Since start­ing out with San­tos in his home­land, his glo­be­trot­ting life­style has earned him a liv­ing in Bul­garia, Ro­ma­nia, China and Ukraine. While he has not rep­re­sented his na­tive land at any level, he has had a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to fly a Euro­pean flag of con­ve­nience.

Fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cials in Bul­garia and Ro­ma­nia have pre­vi­ously dis­cussed the sub­ject of nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion with him and Ukraine coach An­driy Shevchenko is also think­ing along sim­i­lar lines.

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