Frank Lampard is of the opinion that the Chelsea needs to get in more players before the close of the January transfer window.
The English boss feels that the West London club needs to make up for lost ground as quickly as possible.
He made this point after Chelsea’s narrow 2-1 win away at Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round.
In spite of Michy Batshuayi’s early goal and another by Fikayo Tomori in the second half, Chelsea were forced to endure a tense ending, with Kamil Grosicki pulling one back for the hosts only 12 minutes before the final whistle.
Lampard has expressed his disappointment at Chelsea’s inability to comfortably win games as they look to go further in the FA Cup, remain in the Premier League’s first four places and compete in the Champions League.
The former England international has urged the powers that be at the Stamford Bridge to make a proper replacement for Hazard who left for Real Madrid in the summer.
“There is no movement to speak of now,” Lampard told BT Sport. “We got a punishment in the summer and it is meant to hurt you.
“We lost certainly one of the biggest players in our history and one of the most effective and dominant players in terms of what he did. That is the situation.
“My job is to work every day on the training ground to make the players better and the other part for the club is how we move forward by bringing in players.
“We lost ground last summer, so we need to, for the short-term, push for this top four finish because I have a strong feeling where we can improve personnel-wise to take us forward. For me it’s clear.
“The money of it is not my job but I have to be honest and truthful. Short term recruitment is something we have to get right.”