Former Chelsea player Alan Hudson thinks Jack Grealish of Aston Villa would be a perfect replacement for Eden Hazard and Chelsea must pursue the player.
The 24-year-old is having a spectacular season and has already scored seven goals and provided five assists in his 22 league appearances so far this campaign. It’s no surprise that a string of Premier League clubs are now reportedly interested in the player who would be trying to sign him either during the January transfer window or in the summer.
Chelsea have been inconsistent under Frank Lampard this season and with no Eden Hazard in the ranks to save the day, Hudson has named Grealish as one player who would be able to replace the hole left by the Belgian.
I am his biggest fan,” Hudson said of Grealish while talking to CaughtOffside.
“Grealish is the most outstanding attacking midfield player in the game at this moment.
“A player who goes past people and scores goals. The bottom line is Chelsea haven’t got anyone since (Eden) Hazard left who has the fans on the edge of their seats.
“Jack Grealish would be that man.”
However, Chelsea would have a lot of work to do should they wish to make a move for Grealish, with Villa boss Dean Smith insisting that the midfielder won’t be sold during the window.
I think he’s a big target for many teams and you can see why,” he said.
“He’s having his record goal-scoring season. He’s a top player and I’ve waxed lyrical about him very often.
“But as I’ve said before our owners are very ambitious in establishing us as a top Premier League football club and to do that you have to keep your best players.
“So we’ll be keeping hold of Jack Grealish. People can keep looking but they can’t touch.
“We want to keep our best players and he’s obviously proving he’s one of the best players in the Premier League.”
Manchester United are also said to be interested in the player, however, it doesn’t seem they will be able to get him either.