Robbie Savage reckons Eden Hazard’s exit may have done Chelsea a favour as they’re now more enjoyable to watch under Frank Lampard.
Following Hazard’s €100m transfer to Real Madrid, Lampard had a difficult challenge on his hands when he replaced Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager in July.
Due to FIFA’s two-window transfer ban, he couldn’t sign even one new player – never mind a Hazard replacement.
However, Lampard instead viewed the ban as an opportunity to promote youngsters from within Chelsea. And, less than four months into his new job, this bold decision has paid off fantastically.
Despite a sluggish start, Chelsea are back in the Premier League top-four and sit top of Group H in the Champions League following their 1-0 win over last season’s semi-finalists Ajax midweek.
Furthermore, the Blues have now won six matches in a row across all competitions.
While the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all thrived under Lampard.
And now Savage, who made 346 Premier League appearances for the likes of Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers, reckons Chelsea are actually playing better football without Hazard around.
“Frank Lampard is doing what nobody thought was possible – he is making Chelsea better to watch without Eden Hazard,” he wrote in the Daily Mirror.
“When Lampard took over in the summer, under a transfer embargo and after Hazard’s £100 million move to Real Madrid, the popular consensus was that Chelsea would struggle to finish in the top four.
“But he has already turned them into the most watchable side in the Premier League behind Liverpool and Manchester City.”
Savage added: “Lampard is in danger of turning Chelsea into everybody’s second-favourite team – like Leicester four years ago – by promoting the virtues of youth.”
Chelsea will head to Turf Moor this evening to take on Burnley in a Premier League match, with kick-off set for 18:30 (CET).