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Chelsea: Blues backed to sign a striker this summer

Chelsea: Blues backed to sign a striker this summer -Chelsea News

Chelsea are planning on signing a new striker once the summer transfer window arrives, according to a claim from Fabrizio Romano.

The Lowdown: Chelsea’s attacking issues

The 2022/23 season has undoubtedly been a disappointing one at Stamford Bridge, with a top-four finish in the Premier League looking increasingly unlikely, with the Blues 10 points adrift of the Champions League positions.

There have been issues all over the pitch but Chelsea’s attack has been particularly disappointing, with only Kai Havertz (five) and Raheem Sterling (four) scoring more than three league goals all season.

While Joao Felix and Mykhailo Mudryk have arrived in January, it could be that another significant attacking addition also comes in during 2023.

The Latest: New striker in this summer?

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Romano claimed that the addition of a new centre-forward will be at the top of Graham Potter‘s wish list in the summer.

The Italian stated:

“I think they will go for a striker. It’s their plan to go for a traditional striker and someone who can bring them goals, after a complicated summer of striker signings last year. So I think this summer Chelsea will move for a striker.”

The Verdict: Big-money addition needed

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is certainly spending plenty of money at the moment, with an outlay of more than £156m this month alone, and while some may feel that their expenditure is excessively frivolous, a new big-money striker is a must for them moving forward.

The Blues should be able to manage between now and the end of the season, with the likes of Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang potentially benefiting from Mudryk’s arrival after the latter enjoyed a 93% pass completion rate and won seven duels on his club debut against Liverpool on Saturday.

However, as a collective Chelsea’s attacking unit needs to look more cohesive, improving on the team’s meagre tally of 22 goals in 20 league matches so far this season.

Marcus Thuram is a striker who has been linked with move to west London and the 25-year-old could be an ideal target, having netted 10 times in 15 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach in 2022/23.

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