Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri backed to complete striker deal

CHELSEA will sign a new striker either in January or next summer, Blues hero Pat Nevin claims.

The Blues have had a fine start to the season under Maurizio Sarri this time out.

Eden Hazard has led Chelsea, with the Belgium international netting eight goals and chipping in with six assists in all competitions for the Blues.

Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, meanwhile, have netted seven goals between them in all competitions.

And Nevin claims Sarri will sign a new striker before the start of next season.

“It’s not the end of the road for Morata or Giroud,” Nevin told West London Sport.

“I do expect a new centre-forward by next season.

“But having three strikers is not beyond the realms of possibility.

“Football is not all about statistics.

“Mateo Kovacic plays in this Chelsea system when Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley both score more goals. It’s a team game.

“And Giroud did not score at the World Cup and France won it. Chelsea have not been doing too bad, having not lost a game.

“Every centre-forward wants to get the ball in early before he is marked.

“But after 140 passes before the ball arrives, losing your marker is not going to happen if he has been looking at you for two minutes.

“It’s not impossible, but it’s much more difficult. Certain styles aren’t perfect for certain players.

“The system does not need a target man. It needs an aggressive, skilful player who is a natural goalscorer.

“But the complete package, like a Sergio Aguero or Luis Suarez, is not easy to come by.”

Chelsea are back in action this Saturday, with the Blues facing Tottenham in the Premier League.

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