There is a big Eden Hazard-sized gap in Chelsea’s squad for next season. The Belgian was simply magnificent scoring 21 goals and assisting a further 17 as Chelsea won the Europa League and finished in the Premier League top four.
So, ahead of a crucial season next campaign it seems almost impossible to replace the Belgian. However, I’ve selected three Chelsea players who could replace Hazard next season.
The first of the three is Callum Hudson-Odoi, who enjoyed a fine debut season last year, as the England international scored seven goals and assisted a further six. It’s more than just his goal contributions that make him the ideal candidate to replace Hazard next season. Hudson-Odoi lit up the Europa League with his dribbling last season, dribbling more than 3.3 times per game. That was the third most in Chelsea’s squad, and at just 18-years-old he has time to further improve his game.
The second of the three candidates is Pedro, who enjoyed a fine goalscoring season last campaign. The Spaniard was the club’s second top goalscorer last season, scoring 13 goals in all competitions. With Chelsea losing 21 goals from Hazard next season, Pedro will provide some much-needed firepower from the wing areas.
The final of the three choices is probably the most maligned of the three players, Willian. The Brazilian has been at the centre of bids from Spanish clubs Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and it seems the fans would rather see him go rather than stay. The lack of support for the 30-year-old is baffling, as he notched up 21 goal contributions last season, scoring eight goals and assisting 13 in what was a solid campaign. That was the second most goals contributions in the entire Chelsea squad last season. Willian is more than fit enough to provide a replacement for the departing Hazard, as shown by his stand-out contributions last season.
Losing Hazard will be a mega blow for Frank Lampard, however, in the three forwards listed above, Chelsea have more than enough quality to potentially replace the Belgian next season.