The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are eager for their side to sign a few players before the summer is out…
There is a real need for defensive depth and for a few more midfield options, whilst the Chelsea attack is also lacking quality.
Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi are both decent options, but the Chelsea front line is a particular area of concern at present. Batshuayi has yet to really prove himself, whilst Morata will need some time for adjustment, and so Conte would be wise to invest in this area of the pitch.
This is, apparently, exactly what he is keen to do – with Transfer Market Web reporting that the club are keen to launch another move for €100 million-rated (£91.7m-rated) Torino forward Andrea Belotti. It’s a move that has been met with mixed reviews in the Transfer Tavern, but our landlord thinks that it would be a stroke of genius from Antonio Conte.
The main counter argument to his signing revolves around the fact that he would have to compete with Alvaro Morata – but that might not be the case. There have been signs in recent months that Antonio Conte is moving towards more of a 3-5-2 formation, as displayed against Tottenham at the weekend. With an extra midfielder in there to help create, the Blues had Willian playing just behind Alvaro Morata who was leading the line.
In this instance, Morata would likely drop deep and let Belotti – with his fantastic poaching – lead the line, and he would likely do so to devastating effect. He bagged 26 league goals last season, and that isn’t something to be sniffed at.
Sure, he might have to compete with Morata occasionally, but competition never hurt anybody, and it’s unlikely that either player would spend long stretches on the bench.
The simple fact of the matter is that Michy Batshuayi has struggled, and he’s even been linked with a move away. Whatever the case, Chelsea can’t head into the season with just two forwards, and they would struggle to do better than Belotti.
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