ASSESSING CHELSEA’S STRIKING OPTIONS TO FIND SOLUTIONS

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It’s well-documented that no top-six club suffered striking issues than Chelsea last season. In consequence, the club scored the least number of goals among the top-six. The form and fitness issues of our strikers were the sticking points.

Let’s assess how each striker fared:

ALVARO MORATA

The former Real Madrid player and Spanish International was bought by the club last summer to replace the enigmatic Diego Costa. Despite a fine start to his Chelsea career in which he scored 7 goals in his first 7 games, soon he endured a dry patch for almost two months. He also struggled with fitness issues – reoccurring back injuries and disciplinary issues borne out of frustrations. Consequently, he failed to live up to expectations which led to him dropped from the starting eleven, and also fail to make Spain’s World Cup squad. He still has a lot to prove.

VERDICT:

With no action at the World Cup this summer, a good rest and vacation will help address his injury concerns and put him in better condition for the World Cup. It will give him ample time to acclimatise to the English environment, enjoy pre-season football, and reflect on how best he can fire himself up in English football. With him being the only Chelsea striker not to be on World Cup duty, he has the edge over others to get himself ready for the new season. He’s got the talent and is still worthy of being Chelsea leading marksman.

OLIVIER GIROUD

The former Arsenal striker and France International made a huge impact for Chelsea last season. He provided Chelsea with the focal point that was very much needed by Conte and the team. He led the line superbly and proved to be the difference maker with superb performances notably against Southampton and Liverpool. He proved to be a shrewd signing for Chelsea.

VERDICT:

Despite his eye-catching performances that deserved plaudits, the French man is more suited to the role of an impact substitute than to be the team leading marksman. At age 32, Giroud does not have the physical power to lead the line effectively on a weekly basis for the club. He should be kept at the club to provide experience and a plan B in our striking options.

MICHY BATSHUAYI:

The Belgian striker was a revelation in Germany last season. Despite being overlooked by Conte as a direct replacement in the absences of Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata over the last two seasons at Chelsea, the Batsman was sensational in a loan spell at Dortmund last term. He proved to be a deadly finisher scoring 11 goals to enhance his reputation and put himself in the frame for Chelsea next season. While his success at Dortmund is pleasing, Michy is yet to prove himself very well in English football.

VERDICT:

At 24, the Belgian will definitely be feeling the time has come for him to play regular football. Buoyed by his sensational form at Dortmund, the Batsman will be confident in his ability to lead the line for Chelsea. Just maybe pairing him in a striking partnership with Morata might just be the trick to helping both players to blossom. Pre-season will be the perfect time to try this out.

Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!

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OBICHI NWOSU
Nwosu Obichi is an ardent sports lover, analyst and writer with enjoyed numerous views on RSTV SPORTS SHOW and several other platforms. He's a passionate fan of Chelsea Football Club. He's also a human-capita developer, Professional (motivational) Speaker and Author.