Chelsea’s striker problem might be simply solved – and it does not require any costly signings
As Chelsea start to plan for subsequent season after a torrid marketing campaign within the Premier League – the place they presently sit tenth behind the likes of Brighton, Fulham and Brentford – the apparent query is what areas of the pitch the Blues can enhance upon to problem for prime honours once more.
Regardless of having spent practically £600 million previously two switch home windows on 17 gamers, although, Chelsea are devoid of a prime striker to attain objectives. Certainly, Kai Havertz is the aspect’s prime scorer in all competitions with simply eight objective, whereas Raheem Sterling the one different participant within the squad with greater than three strikes.
As placing choices go, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will seemingly go away in the summertime, Armando Broja is unfancied and David Datro Fofana is inexperienced and unlikely to characteristic usually for the Blues if they’re to mount a severe problem for trophies within the subsequent marketing campaign.
However Boehly does not must press the panic button and make even extra signings in the summertime to deal with the striker problem. The reply they’re on the lookout for is correct underneath the noses.
How can Chelsea resolve their striker problem?
Give Romelu Lukaku one other likelihood.
OK, OK, hear us out. Lukaku will return from Inter Milan in the summertime as soon as his season-long mortgage with the Italian giants expires. And, to be frank, it is sensible to supply him one other crack at Stamford Bridge.
In any case, he did price £100 million in 2021 and the 29-year-old may show to be an integral member of Graham Potter’s aspect.
Presently enduring combined fortunes on the San Siro, Inter CEO Beppe Marotta confirmed on Tuesday that the Belgian striker will return to Chelsea on the finish of the 2022/23 season, too.
“The mortgage was for one season so on June 30 no matter how effectively he performs, he’ll return to Chelsea. This has been an unprecedented season,” Marotta advised Sky Italia.
“I am referring in fact to the World Cup. The issues we have skilled have been skilled by different golf equipment too and the gamers who performed on the World Cup.”
“Lukaku is a working example. (Marcelo) Brozovic is not the Brozovic we all know. Lukaku hasn’t discovered the health he must play his greatest soccer. He is nonetheless not at his greatest or the participant we received to see in years passed by.”
Whereas Lukaku did not impress on his return to Stamford Bridge in 2021/22, falling out with former supervisor Thomas Tuchel and scoring 15 objectives in 44 video games, Lukaku may come again into the fray with Graham Potter now on the helm.
Potter has struggled with out an out-and-out No.9 this season, as a rule having to depend on Kai Havertz within the most-advanced place. The German hasn’t been prolific, although, scoring simply six objectives within the Premier League thus far this season.
Supporters have due to this fact been calling for Boehly to spend more cash within the switch market on a high quality striker, with Victor Osimhen and Goncalo Ramos each linked with a transfer to the membership.
Nonetheless, Lukaku may very well be the proper for the Blues now he has pacier wingers to work with, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Mykhalo Mudryk and Noni Madueke all enjoying off him, to not point out Enzo Fernandez pulling the strings from a deeper place and Christopher Nkunku becoming a member of in the summertime. Fairly merely, the 31-year-old may thrive as soon as once more within the Premier League with improved service, and a handle who believes in him.
Chelsea additionally must promote gamers earlier than spending extra on transfers because of monetary honest play rules, which means Lukaku is a superb various to the aforementioned choices, whereas additionally liberating up extra space within the squad and cash to bolster the staff elsewhere.