Chelsea are on the lookout for a goalscorer, but what type of striker do they need?
The Blues are lucky in that they have arguably the most tactically flexible coach in the world. Able to switch formation from game to game, with expertly drilled players following his every word. However, his Chelsea side is in dire need of a consistent striker. Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski have been linked, among others, but who best fits this side?
They could go for a true number nine, someone who stays central, hold the ball up, run in behind. The two that stand out here are Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland. They’re the names you bring in to win a title. However, with the way Tuchel currently plays, speed is vital.
Haaland of course has it in spades, but he’d be incredibly expensive. Lewandowski on the other hand is far better in a team dominating the ball. His hold up play is excellent, he’s adept at finishing with either foot. However, at 32 years of age, will Tuchel look to bring in a younger model?
One question is that of Timo Werner, he was the man brought in to solve Chelsea’s goalscoring issues. However, he has struggled in front of goal this season. Noticeably, his best seasons have come when playing in a two striker system. A player who has also flourished in this regard is Lautaro Martinez.
Helping spear head Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan alongside Romelu Lukaku, he and Werner would form a youthful partnership. It would also give Kai Havertz the option of playing in his favoured position, behind the strikers. Alongside Werner he’d provide a more physical option, someone for the speedy German to play off. Do that, and we may see the striker who managed 28 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances last season.
Whoever comes in, Chelsea are clearly on the rise. Well funded, having survived the pandemic better than most, they have the pick of Europe’s top talent. With Thomas Tuchel at the helm, and a new striker coming in, they could be the newest challengers to Manchester City.