After Dries Mertens' success under Maurizio Sarri, could we see Eden Hazard play as a striker?

For the first time in a while, Chelsea fans are genuinely excited about having a manager who will play attacking football at their club.

Under Roman Abramovich, they have seen Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez and Antonio Conte play concerted football.

Although this brought extraordinary success, Maurizio Sarri’s attacking football has energised the Chelsea fan base with vibrant attacking performances on the horizon.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Maurizio Sarri head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea FC at John Smith’s Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

And one of Sarri’s greatest success as the boss of Napoli was turning Dries Mertens – a winger who would often go large stretches without scoring – into a devastating goal-scorer.

Having scored 34 goals in his first three seasons in Naples, Mertens scored 56 in the last two – scoring 28 in the 2016-17 season and missing out on the Capocannoniere title by one goals.

Sarri will be looking for Alvaro Morata to be that goal-scorer but with his confidence seemingly at rock-bottom, he may deploy Eden Hazard as the central striker.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his sides third goal with Alvaro Morata of Chelsea and Marcos Alonso of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Hazard has previously played there before and has expressed his displeasure at doing so.

Citing too much time with his back to goal whilst he prefers to be running from deep, Hazard may need convincing to try it again.

And Sarri could just show Hazard a montage of some of the goals his Napoli side scored to whet the Belgians appetite.

For good measure and because I know we all love watching great goals, here’s something Sarri could use:

And with Hazard up top, Willian and Pedro could fill the Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon roles which brought such success to Napoli.

Hazard has never scored more than 20 goals for Chelsea in a season, but that could all change under Sarri’s stewardship.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Pedro of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Eden Hazard after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea FC at John Smith’s Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)