For all that the game of football brings, the transfer window is one that keep fans alert to the newest signings of their respective clubs. For Chelsea fans, it’s no different as we all want the club to make statement signings that will boost our chances of more silverware. With so many ins and outs, one that looks certain to happen at Chelsea will be the sale of Diego Costa. Chelsea have three names circled for the position – Alvaro Morata, Andrea Belotti, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Though Morata doesn’t look a feasible option for the Blues considering the hefty price tag of £79m placed on him by Real Madrid who obviously don’t want to sell, the other two Aubameyang and Belotti are sure to create divisive opinions among the fans, so let’s do a head-to-head analysis:
AMBITION AND STRIKER QUALITY:
Auba and Belo are good strikers and enjoyed good seasons with high goalscoring exploits for their respective clubs, Borussia Dortmund and Torino. Both are star players, but their ambition influences their star quality which is their driving force.
Both players had these words to say on this:
“I hope they will say the craziest football player ever,” Aubameyang says with a wide grin and infectious laugh. “Maybe, why not? And the fastest player!”
– Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
“I’ve studied so many strikers,” he admits. “I’d love to have the cool head of Mario Gomez, the ability to shake off defenders of Fernando Torres, physicality of Didier Drogba and movement of Sergio Aguero.”
– Andrea Belotti
While Auba loves to play off the back of defenders, Belotti is target man who can hold up play, play off the back of defenders and be the focal point of a team’s attacking play.
In terms of the money needed to lure both players to Chelsea, the fees are presumably quite similar. However, both players had amazing seasons and are highly valued by their respective clubs. Just recently Belotti renewed his Torino contract, with a €100 million release clause inserted applicable for foreign clubs, while Dortmund want £60m -70m for Aubameyang.
The feeling is that Belotti would be a better option with him being 23 years old, he has a better resale value should the club decide to cash him unlike Auba who is 28 and with little time to perform.
GOAL-SCORING RECORD AND EXPERIENCE:
Both players boast fantastic scoring records, but unlike Aubameyang, Belotti is experiencing his first full season. Just last season he scored over 30 goals, and previous seasons, he scored 12 goals in 2015, while in 2014 it was just 6, meaning he is currently experiencing just his third full Serie A season.
Meanwhile Aubameyang is a prominent goalscorer in Europe. The Batsman scored 33 and assisted 5 in 38 matches across all competitions last season. Last year he ended the season with 39 goals and 12 assists and the season before (14/15) with 25 goals and 11 assists, which is astonishing considering the fact that he played a lot as a right winger. Until 13/14 he played solely as a winger, but still managed to bag in 16 goals and 5 assists in his first Dortmund season and 21 goals and 15 assists in his last in Saint-Étienne. Auba also has experience with more competitions. He has also played in the Champions League with Dortmund, as well as the Europa League and has represented Gabon as team captain at the African Cup of Nations on numerous occasions.
In contrast, Belotti has little international experience and has only played in Serie A. He has never taken part in any major tournament or European competition and is a relative newbie in the Italian national team.
The choice is a tough call but I will put it to you all to make your pick. Send your comments. Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!