"Change is the only constant".

Like any football fan, I always get excited just thinking about the prospects of a new football season. New managers, the influx of fresh players and the presence of promoted clubs, it is indeed exciting.

It's only a month more to the start of the Premier League, and we can do nothing but be glued to the transfers news. From what we read from the press or any media platforms, we tend to envision how the new season will unfold in our minds.

It's nearly to impossible to forget this magical night


As a Chelsea fan, memories of the Champions League triumph still linger in my mind. As for the FA Cup victory, not so much (It was... undoubtedly overshadowed by the former). That night in Munich will probably remain intact for the rest of my life.

And I start to wonder how the club is going to progress. I mean, Chelsea's golden generation consisting of Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba has embedded their presence in the club's history. But they can't play forever, and it's time to rebuild another generation of players.

Looking at Chelsea's recent transfers, 4 names sprouted out.

Kevin de Bruyne. Romelu Lukaku. Eden Hazard. Thibaut Courtois. What do they have in common? Well, they're all Belgian.

The Belgian Revolution

Belgium has offered the world sweet chocolates, waffles, Jean-Claude Van Damme,  Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijster. Throughout the past few years, Belgian footballers are burgeoning. De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard, Courtois, along with the other players like Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen provide the backbone of Belgium national team. They not only make up for the Belgium's golden generation, they could be the core of Chelsea team in time to come.

So let's take a look at them.

Kevin De Bruyne

At just age 21, he has played over 107 games for Racing Genk amassing 38 goals and 36 assists. Watching his first interview with Chelsea Tv was surprising, he spoke fluent and almost flawless English. I was having doubts if he was indeed Belgian. It all make sense when I learnt that his mother was from England. I believe he should settle the fastest among his compatriots.

Romelu Lukaku

Standing at over 6 feet 3 inch tall, you would think he's an adult. But no, you're wrong. The so called 'man-child' is only 19 years old. I've first come to know him through in a youtube video, where he was in a  television documentary series called De School Van Lukaku (Lukaku's School). There was a scene where the school made a trip to Stamford Bridge and he said : " What a stadium. If one day in my life I will cry, it will be the day I play here. I love Chelsea.”

This is a good example of cause and effect where passion is fueled by dreams. He may not be from London, but there is a clear desire. When you ignite passion with dreams, there can be no stopping him from accomplishing his ambitions.

Thibaut Courtois

He probably won't feature for Chelsea this upcoming season as he is on loan to Atletico Madrid for another year. And boy, Courtois did took the opportunity with both hands (with gloves of course).

In first season, 15 clean sheets in 37 league appearances and a Europa League winner at at age 20.

He is definitely the best replacement for Petr Cech.

Well, we all know him right?



Frankly speaking, I don't think I need to formally introduce Eden Hazard.

He is all over the press. Ligue 1 Player of the year. Playing 192 games for Lille, smashing 50 goals and assisted 38. It's really impressive.

Possibly the outstanding talent in Europe right now. I think one of the reasons why he came to Chelsea was due to the fact that there is a growing Belgian influence in the squad. Well, it makes sense right? Not only it bodes well for the club, but for the national team as well.

Embrace Change

The influx of new players is exciting, but don't expect them to replace their upper study instantly. It will be good if they could settle fast. However, you can't keep saying that the past players are better and the present players aren't good enough because the style of football has changed quite a bit. Sure, hats off to football legends in the older eras who inked history, but it's imperative to look at the players in the current era and support them because they might be future legends in the making.

Change is the only constant and in any organization, everyone is replaceable. Right from the kids in school, to the working population, to the ministers' office, time is always ticking and we're always embracing change. We should. It's a beautiful thing to do.

History creates the backbone of a football club, and every triumph enriches past moments. Looking back at past glory gives you that tangible feeling in your heart, but it's important to shelf the emotions once in a while while looking forward. Just like every New Year's day, we make new resolutions and hoping to start on a clean slate again. I do believe in that. That everyone deserves a chance and by grasping it with both hands, take on life challenges head on.

Give the new players time and more importantly chances, they'll stamp their marks in the Premier League to create a new chapter at Chelsea.