The Chalkboard: Eden Hazard must be played in a 2-man attack to cover Chelsea’s lack of pacey strikers

Maurizio Sarri must use Eden Hazard in a two-man attack to cover for the lack of pace that Chelsea’s two strikers, Olivier Giroud and Gonzalo Higuain, sadly have.

What’s the issue?

Well, throughout the current campaign, Sarri has used Hazard as a false nine up front, Giroud on his own up front, and Higuain too on his own since his January arrival on-loan from Juventus on different occasions.

When Hazard has been preferred, he has often been muscled out the game, or ended up coming too deep in an attempt to get involved and leaving no presence up front to keep the opposition defenders on their toes.

Who will be the next ‘Big 6’ manager to be sacked? The Pl>ymaker FC squad all seem to agree on one name. Find out who in the video below…

When the other two have been preferred in the lone striker role, their hold up play has been decent, but their noticeable lack of mobility has made them an easy target for defenders to contain – Sarri has all the elements of a perfect striker, but spread out across three different players.

What can Sarri do to solve this?

For a start, Callum Hudson-Odoi has to be given some starts in the Premier League to make this suggestion work – he should be given them anyway, but that is another story.

What Sarri should do to make his attack more potent after they once again failed to inspire against Everton is deploy Hazard in a two-man attack with either Giroud or Higuain.

By doing this, Hazard’s pace would cause problems for the opposition, but he wouldn’t need to stray away from the box to find the ball thanks to his strike partner’s hold up ability, which would deliver possession to the Belgian in the most dangerous areas.

Hudson-Odoi would take Hazard’s place out on the left flank, whilst Pedro can occupy the right flank, which would hopefully give the Blues a more fearsome look in attack and remove the lethargy that is beginning to set in for the west Londoners up front.

That, of course, would require a two-man midfield – but N’Golo Kante and Jorginho offer pretty much everything you could want in an engine room except a consistent supply of goals.