Chelsea’s hunt for a new striker has taken them to France and Italy, but now it looks like the Blues are considering an option closer to home. According to ESPN, Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin is on the Premier League Champions’ radar for next season.
With the departure of Didier Drogba, Jose Mourinho has made it very clear that the club are in the market for a striker this summer. Gonzalo Higuain has been mentioned, while Radamel Falcao is reportedly close to signing a loan deal at Stamford Bridge. We may even need to bring in two new players in that position, after French radio station RMW stated that Loic Remy is in talks with a possible move to West Ham United.
Austin was the shining light in QPR’s miserable campaign last year, as he scored 18 times in the league, finishing as the fourth highest goalscorer. The Englishman did it against the top sides as well (you may remember that cheeky backheel to equalize at Stamford Bridge) and with better-quality supply, he will certainly score more goals.
Compared to the likes of Falcao and Higuain, Austin will be a much cheaper option for us to go for. But, there is the fact that he has never previously played at such a big club before and handling the pressure may be too much as a result. The 25-year-old has been prolific throughout his career, but has played mostly in the lower leagues. The 2014/15 campaign was his first ever in the top-flight and making the jump from the Championship to the Champions League in two seasons is easier said than done.
We also have some fantastic talents like Patrick Bamford, Dominic Solanke and Izzy Brown already at the club. While the latter two may not yet be ready for first-team football, Bamford certainly looks capable of filling Drogba’s boots as a third-choice striker.
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