Piatek and Higuain linked with Chelsea boss Sarri to stick Hazard up top?
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted he has thought about the idea of using Eden Hazard as a centre-forward this season.
Hazard has started the new season in stunning form for us and already has eight goals in all competitions, as many goals as Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata combined, despite the fact he has come out and admitted that he wants a move to la Liga just months after Sarri convinced him to stay put.
His goals and performances have brought excitement back to the club and also helped us to an unbeaten start to the new season, with many pundits now believing we are firm favourites to win the Premier League and Europa League crowns.
But with reports Sarri is not happy with the form of Morata and Giroud in front of goals and rumours he is eyeing up potential January deals for Napoli striker Gonzalo Hiaguain and Genoa ace Krzysztof Piatek, the Italian boss has admitted that he has considered using Hazard as the main striker this season in a similar role to that played by Dries Mertens at Napoli.
He was quoted on the ESPN website: “I was tempted to use Hazard as a centre-forward and I might consider it again in future, but it’s not the right time now. We need to believe in Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.
“I’d say this Chelsea side is only at 60-70 percent capacity right now, but how much we are missing and how much we need is not the same thing. It’s double that.”
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Hazard is a wing forward that not only scores, but creates and taking him from his best position on the pitch to play him in the Insigne role may not get the best of the Belgian as he is far more effective all over the pitch rather than in just one area.
So if Sarri is having serious issues with Morata and Giroud, then he should go out and land the powerful Piatek in January as the young man is showing the kind of potential and goal-scoring that we need at the club.
It is just a case as to whether or not he is ready for such a move, especially since he is only 23-years of age.