Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has refused to compare former player Eden Hazard with any current Blues players.
Even though Chelsea ended up spending £220 million ($275m) in this summer transfer window, Lampard insists that they haven’t yet found an able replacement for the Real Madrid forward.
“I think it is very hard to fill one-for-one a player of Eden Hazard’s talents,” Lampard told reporters ahead of his side’s match with Tottenham on Sunday.
“His input at the club was huge and I have been talking a lot about Harry Kane today and his impact was similar in terms of goals and assists. To lose that, you have to try and find a way around it.
“With the transfer ban last year, it was more about the younger players coming in and being efficient as a team to at least stay where we are and look further forward in improvement. I think we made good steps on that front.
“With the new players we have in now, I would hate to give any of them the job or idea of they must replace Eden. They must focus on themselves and they have brought talent into the squad, without a doubt.
“I remember Eden’s first year or two at Chelsea. It was clear what an amazing player he was going to become but he also needed time to become that great player that we all now know and love as Chelsea people.
“The players we have brought in all have potential in their own way to show how much they can give to the club but I certainly won’t be throwing Eden Hazard’s comparisons. They have to do it in their own way, he was very special.”