The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern were bemused last week when the Daily Mail suggested that the Blues were interested in a move for West Ham forward Andy Carroll. It has since been suggested by our resident Blues that he could be viewed as an option given his strength as a target-man, which is something that Chelsea lack. That’s certainly a valid point, but if Chelsea are looking to bring in a player like that, our landlord thinks that Christian Benteke would be a far better choice.
Rated at £19.9 million by Transfer Markt, Benteke is a player that is known for his strength. The Belgian forward stands at a towering 6ft2, making him the perfect man to target with long balls. What’s more, his impressive strength and heading ability make him even better in that regard, easily putting him on a similar level to Carroll.
Where he shines ahead of the English forward, though, is when the ball is at his feet. Carroll is a very one-dimensional player, but Benteke is quite the opposite. He’s more than comfortable playing with the ball, be it by dribbling and moving past players or passing the ball onto his teammates. He’s great at link-up play, allowing Antonio Conte to opt for him as more than just a late sub when needing a goal.
His goalscoring record is also very solid too. Though he struggled at Liverpool and has had a tough season this year, his record speaks for itself. He scored a stellar 15 league goals last season, whilst his career high of 19 a few years ago for Aston Villa proved his quality when he’s on form.
Neither Carroll or Benteke have had the best year so far, but in terms of raw quality, Benteke would be a far better choice for Conte. Do you agree?
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