The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern think that Antonio Conte needs to build their side around Eden Hazard. The Belgian is, without a doubt, Chelsea’s most important player, and it’s time that the Blues recognised that.
Rarely have they looked to build their team around one specific player, but in Hazard, they simply must do that. If they work to his strengths, the Blues could genuinely return to their best more quickly than anyone will expect.
One thing that made Hazard so fantastic in previous seasons was the inclusion of some top class forwards. Alvaro Morata simply hasn’t been good enough this season, and Olivier Giroud is likely only going to be around for another year or two.
Signing a new striker, then, could help Hazard get even better, and the Blues would struggle to do better than Ciro Immobile. Immobile has been one of Europe’s best forwards this season, having bagged 29 league goals in just 32 appearances. He’s up there with the most potent players in world football, and that’s a testament to his quality. That’s in addition to an impressive 9 assists, which makes his record going forward all the better.
Hazard is at his best when he’s driving towards defenders. He’s able to split teams up and get close towards goal – but he needs someone up there with him. More specifically, he needs someone up there with him that can put his passes and crosses away, or leap onto loose balls if necessary.
In Immobile, the Blues would undoubtedly have that.
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