Chelsea buying a striker?

Chelsea look like they need a striker, but Maurizio Sarri doesn't think so


Sarri: I need a winger in January, not a striker - Football365

Maurizio Sarri has claimed that Chelsea could do with a winger in the January transfer window but they aren't in the market for a striker.

The Blues two strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have struggled in front of goal this season, scoring six Premier League goals between them this term, with Eden Hazard their main contributor at the top of the pitch.

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Is the lack of a striker Chelsea's biggest problem?

By Joe Harker

Even the top teams in the Premier League tend to be unfinished. Only the first teams of Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, the clubs occupying the top three spots, aren't desperately crying out for a new player or have a position they urgently need to fill.

In the case of fourth placed Chelsea they are crying out for a striker. Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud aren't scoring enough leaving winger Eden Hazard as Maurizio Sarri's first choice to lead the line. It's not his preferred position and the club need others to chip in and provide a goalscoring threat. The club have scored 12 goals in their last 10 games, not enough for a club aiming to qualify for the Champions League.

Chelsea lost the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi final to Spurs and opposition striker Harry Kane showed what Sarri's team are missing. There was controversy over a penalty awarded to Spurs and scored by Kane but his all round performance showed exactly what Chelsea are missing.

Hazard is a fine player and doing alright in the striker's role for Chelsea but "doing alright" is not good enough for a club with their ambitions. Their best players is being forced out of position and their attacking play is hampered by the lack of a focal point.

Sarri believes he doesn't need to sign a striker despite the lack of goals from Giroud and Morata. He said: "No, because I have the option with Hazard in this position.

"We have Morata and Hazard can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last matches, so I think at the moment I don't need another striker."

Writing for The Independent, Miguel Delaney criticised Chelsea's "lack of cutting edge" and noted that despite defeat to Spurs and a lack of goals in recent games Sarri remains steadfast in his judgment that they don't need a striker.

One name regularly linked with Chelsea is a player Sarri managed at Napoli, Gonzalo Higuain. The 31 year old was moved on by Juventus to make room for Cristiano Ronaldo and has not been impressive at AC Milan. Despite this he is a proven goalscorer and has played for Sarri before, Chelsea would hope he could rediscover his shooting boots after a transfer. Concerns would be based over his age and recent struggles at Milan. At 31, Higuain wouldn't be a long term option.

Another suggested option is Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, though his age and nationality would make him an expensive addition to Chelsea's squad. Wilson has a difficult history with injuries but he has been in good form this season and could still be capable of improving by moving to a better team. He would be a longer term option than Higuain but his Premier League tally is 28 goals in 81 games, Chelsea would need him to make the next step after a big money move.

Another option for Chelsea could be to look closer to home. Tammy Abraham is on loan to Championship side Aston Villa and has been prolific, it would be a big step up to play for Chelsea but at 21 he may be ready for more responsibility.

They could also turn to Michy Batshuayi, whose loan at Valencia was cut short. Chelsea spent a lot of money on Batshuayi but have never looked that keen on him. He only scored three goals for Valencia but might do better back at Chelsea.

Despite what Maurizio Sarri thinks Chelsea do need a striker. It would allow Hazard to return to his best position and add another goal threat to their forward line. They look well set in almost every other area of the pitch, particularly after completing a deal for winger Christian Pulisic. The right striker could tie everything together.

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Chelsea transfer gossip as Blues hunt for striker - West London Sport

Sky Sports claim Maurizio Sarri wants Chelsea to pay up to £50m for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson if the Blues boss is unable to bring Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola recently appeared to confirm the club are interested in the England international.

That sparked speculation over how much Chelsea would be willing to pay for Wilson.

And Sky Sports believe Sarri wants to go all out in pursuit of Wilson if a deal cannot be agreed for Argentine Higauin, who is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus.

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