SARRI URGED TO SIGN A NEW STRIKER DESPITE MORATA’S GOOD FORM

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Alvaro Morata has scored in three of Chelsea’s last four Premier League fixtures, with the striker scoring a brace in last week’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Despite his good form for Chelsea, Paul Merson has urged Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to sign a new striker.

Merson believes Chelsea still needs a reliable centre-forward.

“Chelsea put out a strong team at BATE Borisov, perhaps it was too strong,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I understand Eden Hazard needs the minutes but surely you’d rather him have them against Everton rather than travelling all the way to Belarus.

“Chelsea have a decent squad and will be there or thereabouts this season, but they still need a proper goalscorer.

“You only need to look at Alvaro Morata’s late chance against Palace.

“Yes, the game was won, but Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Thierry Henry, Harry Kane and the like would have sealed their hat-trick instead of trying to chip the goalkeeper, got the ball signed by everyone and then gone home!”

Chelsea legend and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola believes Morata and Olivier Giroud will keep improving as they adapt to Sarri’s style.

“You probably expect the main strikers to be the main scorers but sometimes that’s not the case, especially if you play differently,” Zola said.

“Sarri asks the strikers to do a lot of work for the team, and even if they don’t score, they are very important for the team.

“I think they are learning about this. At the moment they are busy doing this and have less attention for scoring.

“But it will come. I’m 100 per cent it will come. Also they have a good attitude on the pitch and in the week.”

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