For many Chelsea fans, the Blues are in dire need of a new striker as the club have been unable to sign a talisman since the departure of a certain Diego Costa.
We are now in the January transfer window, and one might think that the Blues will be in the market for a new centre-forward, but Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has insisted that he’s okay with his strikers and also playing Eden Hazard as a striker.
Asked if Abraham or Batshuayi would be brought back, Sarri replied: “No, because I have the option with Eden Hazard in this position.
“We have Morata and Hazard who can play very well in this position, as we have seen in the last two or three matches.”
Chelsea are having a bit of injury problems in the wings with Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi out injured, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek who can feature in that role is also out injured.
Sarri has now revealed that he will most likely sign a new winger this January transfer window than going for a striker.
He said: “So I think that at the moment I don’t need another striker. Maybe another winger, because now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, of Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek.
“At the moment I have no option for the wingers.”
Chelsea have been linked with Gonzalo Higuain and Callum Wilson, but it seems Sarri’s statement has officially ended hopes of signing a new striker for the club in the January transfer window.
Pundits and fans will argue that Chelsea should go for a striker this month, as the Blues are struggling to score goals in recent months and have scored the least goals among the top six.
Alvaro Morata was signed last season to bring firepower to Chelsea’s attack, but the Spaniard has failed to impress under former boss Antonio Conte and current boss Maurizio Sarri, while Olivier Giroud makes more impact as a substitute, and Eden Hazard has complained that he doesn’t like the striking role.
Morata was a second-half substitute in our 1-0 win against Crystal Palace last weekend coming in for an injured Giroud, and Sky Sports co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe slammed Morata for his poor attitude during his warm-up before coming on.
According to Hinchcliffe, Morata looked disinterested and put his hands in his pockets during the warm-up.
“We watched Alvaro Morata warming up at half-time. I say warming up… it was one of the most disinterested warm-ups I’ve ever seen,” said Sky Sports’ co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe.
“He had his hands in his pockets for most of it.”
Sarri explained injuries forced him to play Hazard as a winger against Crystal Palace, with Pedro, Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi unavailable.
He said: “We had to change because at the moment we have problems with wingers.
“Pedro is out, Callum Hudson-Odoi is out, Loftus-Cheek is out and so today I need Eden [Hazard] as a winger, so it’s normal that [Olivier] Giroud is in.
“With Giroud we have more physical impact, maybe less with playing at high speed near the box.”