The Chelsea fans here in the Transfer Tavern are absolutely in love with summer signing Alvaro Morata, though do reserve some slight doubts about the complexion of their current frontline. Indeed, while many clubs around the world would envy the attacking options at Stamford Bridge, appeasing the Blues in our bar is a different matter entirely.
Few would doubt the fact that Morata is a truly wonderful striker, one capable of linking up with Eden Hazard to devastating effect, though the Spaniard does lack some of the traits so often associated with Chelsea strikers in the past.
The likes of Diego Costa and club legend Didier Drogba have provided the West London giants with a physical presence up front, acting as a battering ram (very talented ones at that) and spearheading their side with blood and thunder. Obviously, Morata has proven he can play up front on his own in the Premier League – a doubt at the start of the season – though doesn’t boast the same kind of presence as the other two.
Though Costa could have been a legend with Chelsea, it’s fair to say they haven’t truly replaced Drogba since his initial departure in 2012. While the Ivorian came back to the Bridge under Jose Mourinho, the Blues haven’t had someone as all-conquering as the African in his prime in over half a decade. For all of Costa’s strengths, he was simply too unreliable.
With that in mind, Roman Abramovich would be wise to make a move for a striker in that mould, one who can complement Morata when his side are battling on a number of fronts.
Step forward, Mario Mandzukic.
The Juventus forward has played all around Europe at some of the biggest clubs on the continent, winning a huge amount of trophies along the way. While he’s currently an integral part to the Old Lady’s set-up, the Serie A giants have certainly proven willing to sell key players if the price is right.
Currently rated at £18m on Transfermarkt, paying big money for a 31-year-old may not seem like the smartest idea, However, the Croatia star has never relied on his pace, rather his ability to outmuscle defenders in a variety of attacking positions and could seriously go on playing at the highest level for another 5 years.
Able to either replace Morata, pair up with him, or drift wide to allow the Spaniard to run in behind through central areas, the former Bayern Munich star would truly be a wonderful signing. Perhaps he’ll never reach the cult-hero status of Drogba if he joins, though he’d certainly go some way into replacing the traits that left with him in 2012.
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