Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has backed Maurizio Sarri to sign a new striker, with the likes of Mauro Icardi and Krzysztof Piatek both linked.
Despite their brilliant start to the new season, in which Sarri has seen his side go unbeaten, the Blues are lacking that fire-power which would make them serious challengers for the Premier League title, as both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are struggling to find the back of the net.
And that has led to speculation Sarri is ready to sanction a January move for either Icardi or Piatek, who have both his nine goals each this season and Nevin has claimed Sarri will have a new striker by the start of next season,
He told Daily Express website: “It’s not the end of the road for Morata or Giroud.
“I do expect a new centre-forward by next season. But having three strikers is not beyond the realms of possibility. Football is not all about statistics.
“Mateo Kovacic plays in this Chelsea system when Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley both score more goals. It’s a team game.
“And Giroud did not score at the World Cup and France won it. Chelsea have not been doing too bad, having not lost a game.
“Every centre-forward wants to get the ball in early before he is marked.
“But after 140 passes before the ball arrives, losing your marker is not going to happen if he has been looking at you for two minutes.
“It’s not impossible, but it’s much more difficult. Certain styles aren’t perfect for certain players. The system does not need a target man. It needs an aggressive, skilful player who is a natural goalscorer.
“But the complete package, like a Sergio Aguero or Luis Suarez, is not easy to come by.”[the_ad id=”238″]
Could we see a striker arrive in January? Here is what we think
Sarri know he is a striker short of being serious Premier League title contenders this season and must believe he has the backing of the hierarchy to complete a mega money move for either Piatek or Icardi, who could both bring the goals we need to challenge Manchester City.
So if the Italian really wants to replace Morata or Giroud in January then we do believe he will be given the kind of funds to complete a deal or two.
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