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Chelsea board knew ahead of time that Blues star man Eden Hazard was going to leave at the end of last season, and it’s why the club paid over the odds in order to beat the competition for Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic. While we might not want to say this, but Pulisic was signed as a replacement for the departing Eden Hazard.
Pulisic still has a huge boot to fill in terms of what Hazard did across seven years at Chelsea, but the 21-year-old has started on the right track.
Hazard was an instant hit after a £32m move from Lille as his pace and trickery caused problems for the Premier League defenders. He ended up scoring 9 league goals that season and 13 in all competitions, while also assisting 24 goals in all competitions. His assist rate was stunning.
Pulisic who started his Chelsea career slowly has now picked form and he’s proving to be an even better goalscorer than Hazard was in his first year. The American has already scored five goals in the Premier League this term whereas Hazard scored nine goals in the whole season, and Pulisic has 5 assists across all competitions this term, proving that he can also be the assist king.
Pulisic shares a lot of similarities with Hazard in the way he plays as the 21-year-old is lightning quick, is impossible to tackle in the box and is clinical with his finishing. He is even adding more to his game as he’s more hardworking than the departed Chelsea hero.
Although Pulisic still has a long way to go, the 21-year-old is on the right track, and if he continues his rich vein of form, he will definitely have his banner right up there at the Bridge.
See some Eden Hazard stats that showed how big a player he was for Chelsea:
Hazard scored 85 goals in the Premier League for Chelsea, with only Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba finding the net more often for us. The Belgian is Chelsea’s 9th highest goalscorer of all times.
On average, Hazard either scored or assisted a Chelsea goal every 99 minutes in the Premier League.
Hazard created more chances (595) than any other player in the Premier League since making his debut for the Blues.
Indeed, Chelsea fans will always be grateful to Hazard for what he did for the club, but with Pulisic, Chelsea are also heading in the right direction.