Chelsea Transfer Rumours: 6 Midfielders Who Could Replace Frank Lampard's Goals

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIApril 13, 2012

Chelsea Transfer Rumours: 6 Midfielders Who Could Replace Frank Lampard's Goals

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    When Frank Lampard's career at Chelsea ends the London club will miss his great goal-scoring threat from midfield.

    Lampard is currently leading the club's scoring charts with 15 goals and has been among the team's top scorers during the majority of seasons he has been on the Blues' roster.

    Ramires and Juan Mata are other midfielders who are among the top five scorers at the club.

    With Lampard's time at Chelsea coming to a close, Chelsea could use a player to step up and replace him. Some of these players are already in the club, but there are a few new signings who could do the job as well.

    Here are six midfielders who could replace Frank Lampard as a goal threat.

Clint Dempsey

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    Clint Dempsey is Fulham's version of Frank Lampard. Granted, he can play as an out and out striker if necessary but Dempsey is much better behind the forward or out on the wing.

    He has 20 goals in all competitions so far this season, and has shown progression in that area of his game during his time in London.

    In Dempsey, Chelsea would get an experienced and proven Premier League player who can contribute goals from midfield consistently.

Eden Hazard

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    Chelsea has shown interest in Lille's Eden Hazard in the past.

    Hazard has improved his goal-scoring consistently in the last few seasons. While he is not the same type of player as Frank Lampard—few are—he has shown the ability to score in front of goal.

    Hazard has much to learn and would certainly improve playing for a team like Chelsea. He would have less of a creative burden and that might free him up to score more goals.

Axel Witsel

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    Alex Witsel has the ability to score in the double digits as he showed during his time in Belgium. He has been linked with the club and could prove a very good signing.

    He isn't on track to score double digits in his first season with Benfica, but that may be a one-off and the Belgian midfielder could fulfill his potential at Chelsea.

Marek Hamsik

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    Marek Hamsik would be the perfect replacement for Frank Lampard as far as goal-scoring is concerned.

    He hasn't hit the same heights as the Englishman in terms of goals but he has consistently been in the double digits every season at Napoli so far. He is on target to do so again.

    Chelsea has been linked with the Slovakian for a while and that interest could be renewed this summer.

Luka Modric

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Luka Modric is obviously more of a creator than Frank Lampard, but he has the quality to score goals as well.

    With Juan Mata to share the creative burden, Modric may find himself facing more goal-scoring opportunities. He has been linked with the London club many times and may be close to a move in the summer.

Nicolas Gaitan

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    Nicolas Gaitan has scored 14 goals from midfield for Benfica this season, which is an improvement on his nine from the season before.

    If this season's tally is a good representation of how Gaitan's career will turn out, Chelsea would have a player capable of scoring goals like Frank Lampard did.

    Current Chelsea player Ramires thinks he would be a good addition.