Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard insists that Eden Hazard “needs help” after being criticised for his poor form so far this season.
The former England international was speaking on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, and covered various topics concerning the Premier League champions.
Among those topics was the form of Hazard this season, with the Belgian ace struggling to replicate the level that he displayed last season en route to helping Chelsea to the title.
Having been dropped by Jose Mourinho at times this season, including the game against Aston Villa last month, the 24-year-old appeared to respond in the draw with Dynamo Kiev with a much improved performance.
However, he struggled again against Liverpool last weekend, with the Portuguese tactician replacing him with inexperienced youngster Kenedy in the second-half.
All the issues at Stamford Bridge have led to speculation that Hazard could move on, with The Daily Mail reporting of on-going interest from Real Madrid.
While that is still some way off in terms of the club giving up on their star player from last year, Lampard believes that Hazard’s teammates need to help him get through what is arguably the first dip in his career.
Lampard explained that his former teammate is still young and wouldn’t have experienced this kind of lack of confidence before, and so he hopes that the coaching staff and players will help him and believes that continuing to get minutes on the pitch will be crucial to getting him back to his best.