It’s been a couple of months already since Eden Hazard completed his transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid and even though Frank Lampard’s squad has been coping rather well without the big Belgian, his absence can still be felt.
After all, how do you adequately fill the void of a player who managed to score 110 goals and assist further 92 in a total of 352 games played as one of the Blues?
That task seems rather tall but with Chelsea’s transfer ban officially cut short, they could indeed go into the market and try and find someone worthy to fill Hazard’s boots.
Here are three such players Lampard could target come January already:
It’s rather difficult to find a suitable option for Chelsea to replace Hazard like for like but the 28-year-old Insigne is very much the same type of player as the Belgian.
They’re both already well-developed and in their prime years, and both are prolific in front of goal, either with banging them in themselves or just assisting his teammates.
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We’ve already seen Hazard’s numbers earlier in this article but Insigne is not that far away either with his 81 goals and 72 assists in 321 games played for Napoli.
He is also a natural left-winger with incredible dribbling skills as well, akin to Hazard’s even. This year, he has averaged 1.6 dribblings completed in Serie A and incredible 4.3 per game in the Champions League as compared to Hazard’s 4.4 in La Liga and 2.8 in the Champions League.
By all standards, he looks like more than a decent replacement for the former Blue.
Lampard has quite a young forward line with the likes of Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi on his flanks and if another youngster was to usurp their place, it would have to be a youngster of immense quality.
The 22-year-old Dembele used to be of such calibre but his rocky spell at Barcelona doesn’t really go in his favour.
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Still, when he’s fully fit and firing, the young Frenchman is very much a top talent that could turn into a world-class player if groomed properly.
He has scored 19 goals and assisted further 17 in 74 games played for the Catalans and also ten goals and 22 assists during his 50-game spell with Borussia Dortmund.
Lampard seems to like using young players and then turning them into stars. With Dembele, he could potentially take his team to another level.
The final choice will be the wildcard one and one Chelsea could go for but with some caution in their sleeves.
Coutinho is definitely a world-class player and someone who, on his day, is up there with the best of them. Of course, with his recent fall from grace at Barcelona, it’s relatively easy to just dismiss him as a whole.
But even though he didn’t have the best of times over in Catalonia, he was still effective with 21 goals and 11 assists in 76 games played for the Blaugrana. And we all know how lethal he can be when he’s given the free reigns like during his Liverpool days.
As one of the Reds, the Brazilian managed to score 54 goals and assist further 45 in 201 games.
Obviously, he is someone who doesn’t exactly fit every single system out there, as evidenced from his transition from Anfield to the Camp Nou, but if Lampard was to make him his main man, Coutinho could very well be the ideal candidate.
But since he is still on loan at Bayern, this one would have to wait until the summer at least. Still, all the time more for the Blues to asses their target.
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