With the departure of aged midfielder Frank Lampard looming, Chelsea would be smart to invest in a young player like Miralem Pjanic.
A report from David Kent of Daily Mail states not only that Lampard is likely on his way out, but that Pjanic is being talked about as the most likely candidate to replace the long-time Chelsea midfielder.
With Lampard—who has certainly earned his place in the club's history—out of his contract over the upcoming summer, his days in the Chelsea blue are numbered. This could end up being detrimental for the club, as they face a trivial transition period with many new, young players and a new manager.
Strong midfielder play is the cog of Chelsea's type of system, which is why they've thrived with Lampard's leadership. As he's on his way out, it's imperative that Chelsea find a suitable replacement that is young and possesses the necessary skills to be a leader in the midfield sooner rather than later.
Enter Pjanic. The Roma midfielder is young at just 22 years old but already is staking his claim as one of the up-and-coming midfield players in the world.
The Bosnian international's best skills are technical passing and footwork, as well as finding ways to make plays for his teammates. This draws some parallels to Lampard's style and would help Pjanic to replace him.
Pjanic is loaded with experience despite his young age. At just the age of 18, he began making his presence known on Olympique Lyonnais as a stud midfielder. He notched 10 goals in 90 appearances with Lyon.
Plus, the £14 million price tag is attractive for a player that could turn into a star for a club that has made their fair share of big purchases lately.
Can Chelsea turn Pjanic into a star midfieler?
Although he possesses some similarities to Lampard, Pjanic also has shown more of an ability to exude electric playmaking ability with his teammates. This will only help Chelsea, as he's sure to blend well with their new-age stars such as Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, among others.
Chelsea's new players don't only need the ball to be pushed toward them, but they need the ball in the proper places. Although it's hard to trust a young player like Pjanic—who still needs to prove himself a bit more—his playing style makes you believe that he'd be more likely to push the envelope than Lampard, who holds possession to a higher degree.
The Blues will certainly miss Lampard's leadership and blistering deep shot, but even his biggest fans know that he's on his way out.
The sooner Chelsea gets a player of Pjanic's caliber in the fold, the sooner they'll complete their starting XI for the future and start moving on building chemistry with their new group.
Steven Cook is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, covering every sport from football to soccer to hot dog eating. Follow him on Twitter.