Chelsea have begun the season without a first-group striker… furthermore, the inquiry is: Do they require one?
Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5m return the previous summer was intended to be the lacking part in the jigsaw however after just eight Premier League objectives he has gotten back to Inter Milan borrowed.
Timo Werner, who frequently played out wide however could likewise play as a striker, has additionally returned to his old club, RB Leipzig.
The two players scored keep going Saturday on their profits to their past clubs.
That leaves just 20-year-old Albania worldwide Armando Broja – who isn’t probably going to be a customary starter – as a Blues striker.
So who might Chelsea at any point sign? Will Broja get an opportunity? Or on the other hand will they go through the season without a number nine?
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Will Chelsea sign Barcelona’s Aubameyang?
Chelsea are being connected with Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Just four players have scored more Premier League objectives than Aubameyang’s complete of 68 in the period since 31 January 2018 – the date he joined Arsenal.
The 33-year-old previous Gabon worldwide scored 92 objectives in 163 games in all rivalries for Arsenal however left in February in the wake of dropping out with supervisor Mikel Arteta.
He joined Barca, scoring 13 objectives in 23 games, however could now be permitted to leave them after they marked Robert Lewandowski.
Aubameyang and Chelsea supervisor Tuchel cooperated at Borussia Dortmund to extraordinary impact in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Tuchel as of late said: “A few players stay your players since you were extremely, close and Auba is one of those players.”
The striker scored 79 objectives in 95 games in two seasons under the German, 38 objectives more than he sacked under some other director.
Previous Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Chelsea would be the right club for Aubameyang. A supervisor he regards will just assistance him.
“They have made exceptional signings and assuming they get Aubameyang, he will score objectives so I wouldn’t discount them [from being contenders] this season assuming that occurs.”
However, ex England global Matt Upson is “not completely persuaded.”
“Auba’s stock wasn’t so high in view of issues around Arsenal,” he said. “However, you realize he will bring objectives. Could Chelsea not need more youthful players?
“If they have any desire to be serious with the absolute best, they need to score 80 or 90 objectives or more. They don’t have that right now. On the off chance that Aubameyang is that man, best of luck to them.”
Chelsea truly do really have a striker in their crew – yet the inquiry is will he get the open door?
Albania global Broja, who was brought into the world in Slough, has been on the books at Stamford Bridge beginning around 2009.
Keep going season he went borrowed to Southampton and scored six objectives in the Premier League and nine in all contests.
Just Mason Mount (11), Lukaku and Kai Havertz (eight each) scored in excess of six association objectives for Chelsea last season.
Broja would give Chelsea a very surprising choice as well. He won 88 flying duels in the association last season – with Lukaku top of the Blues advances on 51.
The youth likewise finished a greater number of spills – 88 – than any of the Blues forefront.
Broja, whose pre-season was stopped by injury, has come on for Havertz in Chelsea’s initial two rounds of the time – a 1-0 win over Everton and 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
Previous West Ham protector Upson said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “He has that youthful, daring disposition and in the event that he can deal with that greatness and tension he can be the response not too far off. He could develop into something uniquely great.”
Broja has been connected with Newcastle and Everton, which would leave the club with no striker by any means, despite the fact that Tuchel says he anticipates that he should remain.
Manchester City demonstrated last season you can come out on top for the Premier League championship without a striker – despite the fact that they have marked two this mid year in Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
One of their three players to hit twofold figures in the association last season, Raheem Sterling, has joined Chelsea this late spring for £50m.
He has insight of assuming in the ‘misleading nine’ part – as does Havertz, who has done it routinely for the Blues over the beyond two seasons.
After Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, ex-West Ham midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker said: “It’s a tall order to request that Sterling assume in that part and, against a portion of the groups they will confront, I simply don’t believe he will get a ton of bliss.
“Chelsea need somebody like [former striker Didier] Drogba – that figure up there scoring objectives, just to bear the weight and be that genuine number nine.”
Mount, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi are other going after – however not striking – choices.
Chris Sutton, who scored three objectives for the Blues in 1999-2000, added: “I figured Lukaku would have the effect however he didn’t. Havertz is definitely not an outright normal. They’re all great footballers however where is the final detail?”
The Blues are presently attempting to sign Everton forward Anthony Gordon – with a £45m bid turned down – however the England Under-21 global plays out wide instead of as a striker.
Ex-England goalkeeper Rob Green, who finished his profession at Stamford Bridge in 2019, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Is Gordon going to get in the beginning 11? I figure the cash could improve somewhere else.”
BBC Sport’s Alistair Magowan said: “Tuchel is enthusiastic about adding power to his group, and his assault particularly, thus why he has marked Sterling and is excited about Gordon.
“It is likewise why Timo Werner has gone, and why Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi could all withdraw borrowed.
“That will clean up the assault and impart the sort of resistance half squeezing that Tuchel looks for yet will it mean Chelsea are more viable assuming it is managed without strikers? That stays far fetched, which makes Broja’s takeoff improbable and adding another striker a more sensible choice.”
Chelsea don’t have a number nine this season – in a real sense – after the takeoff of Lukaku. It is the fourth time this century that they go into a season with no one having that shirt number.
“Individuals let me know it’s reviled,” supervisor Thomas Tuchel kidded recently.
“Players here and there need to change numbers. Be that as it may, shockingly, no one needs to contact it.”
In the last 20 seasons when someone has had the number nine shirt for Chelsea, they have just scored a consolidated 150 Premier League objectives – a normal of 7.5 a season.
Sutton (one), Mateja Kezman (four), Franco di Santo (zero), Radamel Falcao (one), Gonzalo Higuain (five) and Lukaku (eight) are among the strikers to wear the shirt for one season and neglect to arrive at twofold figures.
No one scored an association objective wearing the number nine between Hernan Crespo in 2005-06 and Fernando Torres in 2010-11.
In the event that Chelsea truly do sign a striker, might they take another number?