Belgium boss compares Eden Hazard, Christian Pulisic, heaps praise on Frank Lampard over how he manages Chelsea new boy

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has compared Chelsea star Christian Pulisic to Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard, and thinks they’re “exactly the same” in the final third.

The 21-year-old refused to name himself as Hazard’s replacement after arriving at Stamford Bridge for £58million.

Pulisic is always on the move, and is similar to Eden Hazard, according to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

The USA international impressed for Chelsea in their 4-2 win over Burnley, as he scored a ‘perfect’ hat-trick at Turf Moor.

Pulisic had previously struggled to break into the Chelsea team since his arrival this summer, but Martinez has backed him to be a success at Stamford Bridge.

While they’re different players, Pulisic and Hazard are identical when they get into the opposition’s box, he said.

“[They’re] very different, very different. Eden is a player that stops and assesses where he can execute his moment in a one v one situation,” Martinez told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.

“I think Christian is dynamic, he always needs to be on the move.

“He’s someone that needs to receive on the move, so they’re very different in that aspect.

“I think what they bring in the final third is exactly the same, players that think and take control of the moment and then they can find a good assist or a goal.

“I saw Christian Pulisic play a lot for Borussia Dortmund last season. He’s exactly what you say, there is a lot of technical players that when they get in the box, everything is rushed,

“He is the opposite, when he gets in the box he makes the right call, he can finish with his right, his left, he’s a very impressive player.

“What impressed me the most is the way Frank Lampard has managed him. We all know when a foreign player arrivers in the Premier League, it doesn’t matter who you are, you need a settling period.

“For Lampard to know exactly what Christian needed, it’s taken him ten games to unleash him in a way, I think from the European Cup and the game against Liverpool in the Super Cup, Christian Pulisic is now adapted to the Premier League. That’s full credit to Frank Lampard.”

Newcastle plot ambitious swoop for highly-rated Chelsea starlet

Reports in England claim Steve Bruce is plotting an ambitious loan move to bring Chelsea’s Reece James to Newcastle United.

Bruce is a huge fan of James and will put in a call to see if he is available for half a season for regular games with the Toon.

James was a second-half sub in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday evening, and is known to be well liked by manager Frank Lampard.

But Bruce is willing to give James the stage to play every week at Newcastle for a few months and plans to put his case before the window opens.

Former Chelsea star identifies reason Frank Lampard’s Blues are not missing Eden Hazard

Tony Cascarino claims Frank Lampard has made Chelsea better without the club’s former talisman Eden Hazard.

The Belgium playmaker departed Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid during the summer transfer window, with many questioning how the Blues would cope, especially with the club under a transfer ban and unable to bring a replacement in.

But after a slow start to the season, Lampard’s young side have found their form in the last few weeks, sealing their seventh consecutive victory in all competitions with a hard-fought 4-2 win over Burnley on Saturday evening.

And Cascarino believes Chelsea are benefiting from not having to rely on one player to come up with the goods, report

“You can have one player who is so good for you that you’re so reliant on him and you keep giving him the ball,” the former Republic of Ireland star told talkSPORT.

“Now you can give it to Mason Mount, he might create something for Tammy Abraham, Jorginho is getting on the ball far more.

“Let’s remember who’s not playing for Chelsea at the moment: N’Golo Kante, their best defender Antonio Rudiger.

“So you have to turn back and think there’s a lot that he [Lampard] is getting right and the team is reacting to a lot of big players that aren’t at the club or not playing.”