As we enter the January transfer window, the major position Chelsea fans will be hoping to see recruitment is in the striking role.
Chelsea are in need of a striker with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud currently struggling for form.
Chelsea have been linked with a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in the January transfer window, and the rumours are indeed true as Gianfranco Zola admitted so in his press conference over a week ago.
The 26-year-old has banged in eight goals and six assists in 19 Premier League appearances – far better than the returns of Morata and Giroud.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has predicted that Chelsea will indeed make a move for Wilson but doesn’t think the Cherries will sell at this time of the season.
“I think they’ll probably go for Callum Wilson in January, but Bournemouth’s squad is so shallow at the moment that it’d be difficult to let him go,” he told Sky Sports.
Merson also admitted that Chelsea don’t have urgency and firepower as the Blues struggled to beat Crystal Palace 1-0.
He said: “Watching Chelsea against Palace, there was no rush, no panic, no urgency, but it was a good result because Palace isn’t the easiest place to go.
“Watching United and Liverpool at the moment though, winning 1-0 doesn’t look that good, even when it is.”
Wilson played against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal clash, and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admitted he will not consider any approach for the 26-year-old.
“I haven’t seen the comments,” Howe said. “First I’ve heard about it.
“Callum’s our player, very focused on us. You could see that tonight, gave everything for the team.”
When asked if there is any possibility of Wilson leaving in January, Howe replied: “Not from my perspective, no.”
Sky Sports reporter Adam Bate admitted that he doesn’t think Wilson is the right man to transform Chelsea’s attack.
“I like Callum Wilson but I’m a bit surprised they’re after a striker really. I don’t think it’s easy to get players better than Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata,” Bate said, according to Daily Express.
“For all Morata’s faults, you’d still say he’s one of the top 20 strikers in the world. Giroud has just won the World Cup with France as the No.9.
“They are playing Eden Hazard as a false No.9 so they do have options there and I think in January it’s pretty difficult to sign someone who is obviously going to be better than that.
“I’m not so sure Callum Wilson will transform that Chelsea forward line myself.”