Chelsea recorded their third consecutive 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon as they were held by ten-man Leicester City at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte’s men yet to win since the turn of the year.
Fans here in The Transfer Tavern are growing increasingly concerned by their side’s inability to find the back of the net, with big-money signing Alvaro Morata looking particularly below par in recent weeks. Over a couple of cold pints, our manager caught up with fans to talk all things Chelsea, with the club’s lack of goals the key item on the agenda. Another striker is needed, with Morata struggling and Michy Batshuayi looking destined to leave, and fans are keen to see another forward brought in this month. Many names were touted, but breaking reports in The Telegraph have suggested that the club are considering a shock loan move for West Ham and England man, Andy Carroll.
The big striker is attracting the interest of the West London side, and could be open to a switch in an attempt to boost his chances of making England’s squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer. Having just started three games under David Moyes, Carroll could be moved on this month, with his £90,000 a week wages a serious drain on the Hammers’ finances. A loan deal may not appeal for the Hammers however, who would look for a sizeable fee if they are to even consider allowing the 29-year-old to leave on a temporary basis.
Landlord’s Verdict: This could prove to be the shock transfer of the winter window. Following the summer arrival of Morata, nobody would have expected the Blues to have been linked with Carroll less than six-months later, who can’t even get into the starting XI at The London Stadium on a weekly basis.
Carroll is a decent player who provides a different option, and could find his feet when those providing the assists are the likes of Pedro, Willian and Eden Hazard. If Carroll goes to Stamford Bridge and begins to find the back of the net, Gareth Southgate would have to consider him for his England squad, something the striker is desperate to happen. Having failed to impress at Liverpool however, question remain as to whether the player can perform at the very top of the game, but perhaps a more mature
Carroll is ready for the potential challenge that lies ahead. Judgement can’t be passed on this potential deal until the season is over.
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