Frank Lampard responds to claims that Chealsea have finally found Eden Hazard’s replacement
Frank Lampard insists it will be unreasonable to expect the likes of Kai Havertz or Hakim Ziyech to replicate the kind of output Eden Hazard produced at Chelsea.
The Blues boss played alongside Hazard at Stamford Bridge for two seasons and the Belgian star won a Premier League title, the FA Cup, the Europa League, and the League Cup during his seven seasons at the club.
Hazard scored 85 goals and registered a further 54 assists in 245 Premier League appearances for the Blues, an output Lampard believes is difficult to replicate.
“I think it is very hard to fill one-for-one a player of Eden Hazard’s talents,” said Lampard at the weekend.
“His input at the club was huge and I have been talking a lot about Harry Kane today and his impact was similar in terms of goals and assists. To lose that, you have to try and find a way around it.
“With the transfer ban last year, it was more about the younger players coming in and being efficient as a team to at least stay where we are and look further forward in improvement. I think we made good steps on that front.
“With the new players we have in now, I would hate to give any of them the job or idea of they must replace Eden. They must focus on themselves and they have brought talent into the squad, without a doubt.”