Eden Hazard’s departure from Chelsea has paved the way for Chelsea to infuse young blood in the team.
Arguably one of the top three players in the world right now, Eden Hazard’s egress from Chelsea has left a kind of an insurmountable void at Stamford Bridge. But despite the transfer ban, there is still hope. Under their new manager and club legend, Frank Lampard, the Blues have begun their new expedition.
Lately, under the guidance of Lampard, young players have demonstrated immense fervour and rigour. Hazard may be in Madrid now, but the future of Chelsea looks secure at the face of it. Here are the top four players who can step it up and become the saviour that the Belgian once was for the club.
A product of Chelsea’s youth academy, Tammy Abraham has proved his worth with a successful loan spell at Aston Villa previous season. Netting 25 goals in 37 appearances for the Villans, Abraham has now returned home to Stamford Bridge.
— Tammy Abraham (@tammyabraham) August 24, 2019
The 21-year-old possesses the pace and the strength to run past defenders just like Hazard and will be instrumental in taking up the goal scoring duties for the Blues. It’s a moment of urgency for Chelsea as losing their most prized possession to Real Madrid can haunt them quickly. Tammy brings his red-hot form to the table and with four goals in the first four appearances in the Premier League, he has given more than a glimmer of hope.
Another product of Chelsea’s youth institution, Mason Mount established his credentials on a loan spell with Derby County in the previous season. Fortunately for the 20-year-old, he flourished as a promising midfielder under Lampard who managed Derby before his move to Chelsea this season.
Lampard made sure that after a successful stint at Derby, Mount should be a part of Chelsea’s midfield. He upheld his manager’s trust by scoring a goal in his second appearance for the Blues in the league.
After spending three years of his senior career in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, Christian Pulisic was swooped by Chelsea in the January transfer window in 2019, with an expectation of settling in the role of a winger or an attacking midfielder. He can dribble at high speeds and can provide invaluable assists in big games.
He will be a pivotal part of Chelsea’s Champions League campaign and is undoubtedly expected to leave an indelible mark on the future of the Blues.
If there’s one thing that came through in Chelsea’s 2018-19 campaign, it was the revelation of a promising youngster in the form of Callum Hudson-Odoi. Although the Englishman didn’t have an immediate impact in the Premier League, he was instrumental in breezing Chelsea to the Europa League final, having scored four goals in nine appearances in the competition.
— Callum Hudson-Odoi (@Calteck10) August 30, 2019
After suffering an injury in April earlier this year, Hudson-Odoi is tipped to be one of the forerunning members of the Champions League squad under Lampard.
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Ian Kington