If Marina Granovskaia completes her sensational transfer to Chelsea, there are three options for how the Blues can line up with Eden Hazard.
If Eden Hazard re-joins the Blues, we look at how Thomas Tuchel will integrate him into his squad.
The January transfer window has arrived, and Eden Hazard is expected to make a stunning return to the Premier League, with Chelsea being his most likely destination.
After adding players like Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and Romelu Lukaku to their team in recent years, Thomas Tuchel’s job must be extremely difficult to leave out some of these elite players week after week.
The emergence of young players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount has added to Tuchel’s amazing depth at Stamford Bridge.
We take a look at how Chelsea might line up if Eden Hazard completes his remarkable return to Cobham.
Hazard (3-4-2-1) Mount Lukaku
Since his debut game in charge of the Blues, Thomas Tuchel has used a three-man defense with three central defenders. With Hazard on the field, we examine how the team might line up in Tuchel’s favored shape.
Hazard has primarily played as a left-winger, but he has also played as a number 10 in the past. If he is to fit into Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 formation, he will most likely replace one of Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, or Kai Havertz in one of the two positions behind the striker.
Given Mount’s recent play and Havertz’s significance to the club, Pulisic or Ziyech are likely to be left out.
3-4-2-1 Hazard Lukaku Havertz
Thomas Tuchel might replace Mason Mount with Kai Havertz opposite Hazard, adding another dimension with Havertz’s left-footed ability to cut inside and create opportunities.
Since Tuchel took over, Kai Havertz has been a key player, and he was the hero in last season’s Champions League final against Manchester City.
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In this system, Kai Havertz is more than capable of playing upfront, since Tuchel has already trusted him in that capacity ahead of Timo Werner. Hazard’s return, given Tuchel’s faith in Mount and Havertz, might leave Lukaku on the bench, fighting for a spot in Tuchel’s starting eleven.