Do Chelsea need a new striker? Paul Merson gives verdict

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Chelsea need to sign a striker this summer as the Blues can’t rely on Timo Werner to lead the line.

“Watching Chelsea in recent weeks, I personally think they need to buy a striker,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“They need someone who is going to be in the top four or five goal scorers in the Premier League next season. You need that if you are going to challenge for the Premier League.

“Chelsea don’t score bundles of goals. They make chances and they are tight at the back but in the big games, where you maybe don’t get a bucket load of chances, you need that clinical centre forward, who is going to put the ball in the back of the net.

“You can’t be having what happened in Madrid in the first leg when Werner missed a sitter. You just can’t have that.

“You need a natural goal scorer there who puts that in the back of the net with the minimum of fuss and you get back to the halfway line.

“For me, they need a forward.

“That doesn’t mean that Werner’s not going to stay at the club because I think he can play on either side of a front man and not through the middle. He’s also becoming a handful, there’s no doubt about that, but they just need that ruthless streak in front of goal if they are to go up another level.”

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