TV pundit Alan Shearer believes Chelsea could be in trouble next campaign if they are unable to replace Eden Hazard in the summer.
The Belgian international has just one year left on his contract with Real Madrid reportedly poised to make their move for the player.
If Hazard were to be sold but Chelsea were unable to sign a replacement, due to their transfer ban, Shearer says he would be massively concerned for the Blues ahead of next season:
“If you are talking about the importance of an individual to a team, that Chelsea team would be nothing without him.”
“If they don’t have Hazard next year – with the transfer ban – if he goes to Real Madrid then I would fear for Chelsea because he has been Chelsea I think this season.”
Losing a player of Hazard’s quality cannot be downplayed. As Shearer mentions, the 28-year-old has been the key playmaker for the Blues, and it’s difficult to see how they could replace his goals and assists without investing in a replacement.
Considering Callum Hudson-Odoi could be out for the start of next season as well, there will be added pressure on Christian Pulisic to come in and make the difference in Hazard’s absence.
The American international is a Chelsea player, after signing in January, and will arrive at Stamford Bridge when his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund ends in the summer.