You might think the signing of Christian Pulisic was to cover the whole ‘Hazard replacement’ issue that faced Chelsea after the sale of their talisman to Real Madrid, but apparently not.
According to The Blue’s manager Frank Lampard, they have to dip into the transfer market in January to find someone who can replace the goals and creativity they lost when 28-year-old Hazard left for the Bernabeu.
A replacement might not have been possible in the summer window due to a transfer ban slapped on the London outfit, but now that the ban has been lifted thanks to a CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) ruling earlier this month, the club is free to do business once more.
“There will be discussions about where we can strengthen,” Lampard is quoted as saying by the BBC Sport. He also suggested the window is likely to be a 'bit fluid', presumably meaning there could be departures as well as arrivals.
“It is quite clear in the summer we lost Eden Hazard who has been a huge part of scoring and creating for us in the last few seasons. We need more competition in those creative areas. At the moment we are just not converting enough chances but we are a work in progress and I am not here to criticize people.”
Chelsea has secured progression to the Champions League knockout stages with a 2-1 win over Lille at Stamford Bridge. The Blues go through in second place and will face a group winner in the last 16 of the competition.