Hazard’s Chelsea stint
Eden Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012, moving from Ligue 1 outfit LOSC Lille.
Hazard would go on to enjoy a fair bit of success with the London club, including winning two Premier League titles.
The 2018/19 season was perhaps the Belgian’s best individual season.
He scored 16 goals and earned 15 assists in 37 Premier League games last term.
Hazard also helped Chelsea to smash Arsenal 4-1 in the 2019 Europa League final, which they won 4-1. Hazard netted two and assisted one.
Lampard on Hazard
After such a successful season last time out, Eden Hazard would leave the Blues this summer for Real Madrid.
Los Blancos reportedly agreed a fee which could exceed £150m.
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With Chelsea in the midst of a transfer ban, they haven’t really been able to replace Hazard anyway.
However, in a recent interview, Frank Lampard admitted that it is pretty much impossible to replace the Belgian:
“For me, clearly, one of the best players in world football. And last season, but not just last season, over his time at Chelsea, he was the most productive player in the team in terms of assists and goals. And [he was] a leader.
“So, you cannot replace him individually. It is pretty much impossible because of the high, high level that he is at now in his career.
“But, the good news for us, and we must stay calm and be patient with this, is that we have a group of players — some younger players, some experienced players — that now have the opportunity to show that, collectively and individually, they can step up.
“Because, yes, we’re missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that’s clear, but the answer is, as a team, we have to find a way to carry on.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.
Christian Pulisic did join Chelsea this summer, as they agreed a deal for the American back in January.
However, Pulisic has yet to start a competitive game for Chelsea, with the pressure likely to be on the American to help fill the Hazard void.