Former Blue Reveals 3 Players That Can Step Up Now That Hazard Is Gone

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There is no denying that Eden Hazard was Chelsea’s best player over the years. The Belgian at times decided games on his own, and he was a nightmare to opposition defence in the Premier League.

However, after seven years at the club, Hazard decided to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid. Making a move to the Los Blancos has always been Hazard’s dream, and the Belgian declined extending his stay at the club. With just a season left in his deal, Hazard was sold to Real Madrid for £88m, in a move that could rise up to £150m.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has admitted that Hazard will be sorely missed at the club, but he has revealed that it’ll give some players the opportunity to step up. Nevin listed Willian, Pedro and January signing Christian Pulisic as three players who can step up now that Hazard is gone.

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He told the official Chelsea website: “We did also lose a world great in the summer obviously, but just maybe that will allow more opportunities for others to flourish.

“Do not be surprised if one of Pedro, Willian or indeed Christian Pulisic has an unusually productive season. Eden understandably was the go-to man when we attacked, but now others will get more service, it will almost certainly have a positive effect on at least one of them.

“They will never say they were happy to see Eden leave because nobody was, but these players in particular will grasp at the positives. That reminds me, if you haven’t seen Pedro’s goal against RB Salzburg then watch it right here, right now. I will not be surprised if this is the best goal scored by a Chelsea player this entire season!”

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