Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard is all but set to move to another club next season, with Real Madrid strongly linked. The Belgian finally conceded that it will be “goodbye” in the aftermath of the Europa League final, as the Blues ran out 4-1 winners against fellow Premier League side Arsenal.
The forward has scored 16 goals and provided 15 assists in 37 games this season, with a goal participation of 49%, making him both the chief goalscorer and chief creator for the Blues.
This makes it all the more harder to replace him. With the transfer ban looming around the corner, there are no direct replacements they can purchase to strengthen the squad and hope to replace him.
However, with the currently available resources, here are three ways Chelsea can replace the Eden Hazard-shaped void for next season:
While Willian has been the subject of criticism on multiple occasions over the past few seasons, he has been an unsung hero for Chelsea during his tenure at the club. Still an excellent dribbler who can make runs in behind the opposition, he can still definitely bring something out of the ordinary on the table for the Blues.
An added bonus is that the Brazilian is also a set-piece specialist, with his free-kicks and corners usually hitting their intended target. Having been primarily used on the right for Chelsea, it’s worth giving him a chance on the left.
2. Christian Pulisic
Although Christian Pulisic was overshadowed by Jadon Sancho last season at Borussia Dortmund, he remains one of the most exciting young attacking talents in the world. That is the reason why Chelsea swooped for him in the winter window for a fee of €62 million, which means that they clearly believe in his potential.
While it would be a risky approach, the Blues could launch the USA international straight into the left wing and hope to use his pace and dribbling to cause the same effect Hazard had.
1. Callum Hudson-Odoi
One of the biggest prospects to ever come through Chelsea’s infamous academy is Callum Hudson-Odoi. However, unlike the several victims of the Blues’ ruthless loan system, the winger has managed to break out and made significant impact when given a chance to play.
However, a major problem is that he will likely be out of action till October after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon against Burnley. If rumours are to believed though, he is all set to inherit the no. 10 jersey from idol and talisman Eden Hazard and will be given a new contract that runs till 2023, which means the club sees him as an important part of their future.
Three players from Chelsea’s current squad who can replace Eden Hazard at Chelsea next season