Chelsea supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern are expecting the arrival of a new striker as they look to successfully defend a Premier League title for a second time.
Antonio Conte orchestrated a masterful quest for the Premier League title last season. He transformed a team that was languishing in 10th place, having mounted one of the worst title defences in PL history, and transformed them into a team that broke the record for the most victories ever attained in the history of the league.
Despite those 30 wins, there was a moment in the season that threatened to derail the momentum that Conte had engendered. Diego Costa wanted to move to China, having dealt with that issue with poise and professionalism, the Italian manager is facing the same situation six months later.
Costa’s reported return to Atletico Madrid looks likelier by the day, that could leave Conte in a precarious position before his side departs for their tour of the Far East next Tuesday. Michy Batshuayi would be the Blues’ only recognised striker unless you consider the out-of-favour Loic Remy, a serious member of Conte’s first-team squad. The 47-year-old’s need for a striker is apparent, and he has two options that he could look to pursue: the goalscorer or the orchestrator.
Beginning with the former, Sky Sports report that Chelsea have been offered the services of Pierre-Emerick- Aubameyang by Dortmund for a fee of £70M. Throughout the entirety of his career, Aubameyang has established himself as a prolific goal scorer, 175 goals in 371 games is a useful indicator of his goal scoring aptitude, 104 of which have been scored over the past three seasons.
The Blues are renowned for their counter-attacking ability. Indeed they scored the highest total (seven) of counter-attacking goals last season. It is in these circumstances that the 28-year-old thrives, he is incredibly quick, and he’s a lethal finisher, he would significantly augment the champions’ already tremendous ability on the counter-attack.
The other option that Conte could pursue is Alvaro Morata, who is now being heavily linked with Chelsea after Romelu Lukaku’s move to Manchester United, a different breed of attacker to Aubameyang. While the pair do possess superb dribbling ability, Morata is more of a creator rather than a regular goalscorer. He can bring others into play, retain possession of the ball and create meaningful opportunities to score.
In addition to this, he can score; the 24-year-old scored 20 for Real Madrid despite not being their first-choice striker. Therein lies Conte’s dilemma, does he choose a goalscorer or a more rounded player, who is four years younger than the Dortmund striker. Your call Antonio.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!