Goalscorer wanted as Sarri told to sign striker in January for Chelsea

Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally says Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri must sign an out-and-out striker next month

Eden Hazard was used in a central role against Manchester City last weekend as the Italian boss decided to drop the unimpressive pair of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

Giroud and Morata have not been finding the net on a regular basis this season and have only managed six Premier League goals between them, despite having some of the most creative players in the Premier League behind them.

And that has led to speculation that they could make a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, Inter Milan hitman Mauri Icardi and Napoli goal-machine Dries Mertens.

Now McInally says Sarri need to buy a striker to give them the best chance of finishing above the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal for a  top four spot.

“I think they have to (sign a striker),” McInally said on the Daily Express website.

“If we think they’re not going to win the title then to finish in the top four they’re going to have to spend money on a striker. Obviously Morata is injured.

They’re so inconsistent Chelsea. You couldn’t guarantee they’re going to go to Brighton (on Sunday) and win, it’s one of them.

“They’ll be favourites to win the game but you don’t know what Chelsea is turning up.

“And if they want to finish in the top four, they’ll need to get someone who can put the ball in the net regularly.”

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