Eden Hazard is of the opinion that Chelsea don’t need to invest in another striker in January, amid a flurry of transfer rumours.
The Blues have been linked with players such as Christian Benteke, Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch, Ashley Barnes, Islam Slimani and Edin Dzeko as reports suggest manager Antonio Conte is on the lookout for a target man as a rotation option for first-choice forward Alvaro Morata.
Hazard, however, feels that Chelsea play their best football along the ground and, speaking to the Evening Standard, cites Premier League leaders Manchester City as a prime example of a team playing low to devastating effect:
“I think we’re happy with the team we have. It depends how you want to play.
“We have two very good strikers in Alvaro and Michy [Batshuayi]. 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.
“Who is the best team this year? Manchester City. The strikers, (Gabriel) Jesus and (Sergio) Aguero, are not big.
“It’s simple. It depends how you want to play. 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. It depends how you want to play.”
Morata missed Saturday’s 4-0 victory at Brighton, a game in which Hazard scored twice and turned in a man-of-the-match performance.
If Chelsea do recruit another striker before the end of the window then it is likely that Michy Batshuayi will leave Stamford Bridge. Hazard’s Belgian international teammate has been linked with a move to Roma as part of a deal to take Dzeko back to the Premier League, with Sevilla also rumoured to be interested in the striker.