Eden Hazard Appeals To Chelsea Board To Not Sign A New Striker

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Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has urged the club need to buy a new striker in the January transfer window because he believes the current strikers are good enough.

The Premier League champions are looking to sign a player to provide competition for Alvaro Morata, who is without a goal in his last six appearances.

Michy Batshuayi could also be allowed to leave on loan this month having failed to secure a regular role under Antonio Conte.

Chelsea have held talks with Roma over a potential deal for Edin Dzeko, while Stoke City’s Peter Crouch and Burnley’s Ashley Barnes are also reportedly on the club’s striker shortlist.

 

But Hazard, 27, has backed current pair Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi and says tall target men may not fit into the Premier League champions’ style.

“I think we’re happy with the team we have. It depends how you want to play,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“We have two very good strikers in Alvaro and Michy. If they are not ready to play I can play striker, so I don’t think we need [another one].

“Football is simple – keep the ball on the ground and try [to play] like we did [against Brighton].

“Because we are missing chances people are saying we need another striker, but if we are scoring goals, we are the best attack in the league and no-one can say we need a striker.”

Chelsea have scored 45 league goals this season, the same as Arsenal but fewer than the rest of the top six Premier League sides.

They are in advanced talks with Roma about a £44m deal for Bosnia striker Dzeko and left wing-back Emerson Palmieri.

But the Belgium playmaker, who scored twice in his side’s 4-0 win over Brighton on Saturday, says the arrival of a big man could have an impact on their playing style.

“Who is the best team this year? Manchester City. The strikers, [Gabriel] Jesus and [Sergio] Aguero, are not big,” added Hazard.

“It’s simple. If you want to play with long balls you need a target man, if you want to keep the ball on the floor you need a small guy.”

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