Eden Hazard: Chelsea playmaker insists club does not need new strikers

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has insisted that the club does not need to buy a new striker in the January transfer window.

The Blues have already made enquires in the interest of signing several forwards with tall stature despite their age, including Roma’s Edin Dzeko, 31, West Ham’s Andy Carroll, 29, and Stoke’s Peter Crouch, 36.

However, Hazard, 27, has backed the Blues’ current pair of Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi to flourish at Chelsea, instead claiming that the signing of tall target men may not fit into the Premier League champions’ style.

“I think we’re happy with the team we have. It depends how you want to play,” he said. “We have two very good strikers in Alvaro and Michy. If they are not ready to play I can play striker, so I don’t think we need [another one].”

“Football is simple — keep the ball on the ground and try [to play] like we did [against Brighton]. Because we are missing chances people are saying we need another striker, but if we are scoring goals, we are the best attack in the league and no-one can say we need a striker.”

Chelsea have scored 45 league goals this season — the same as London rivals Arsenal, but fewer than the rest of the top six Premier League sides. They are understood to be in advanced talks with Roma about a £44m deal for Bosnia striker Dzeko and left wing-back Emerson Palmieri.

But Hazard, who scored twice in his side’s 4-0 win over Brighton on Saturday, says the arrival of a big man could affect their current playing style.

“Who is the best team this year? Manchester City. The strikers, [Gabriel] Jesus and [Sergio] Aguero, are not big,” added Hazard. “It’s simple. If you want to play with long balls you need a target man, if you want to keep the ball on the floor you need a small guy.”

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