Who is the perfect striker for Maurizio Sarris FC Chelsea?
When Maurizio Sarri was appointed at Chelsea, he was expected to completely change the team Antonio Conte left, by implementing his own style, Sarri ball. And he actually did it, as we could observe something completely different from the last season in the first few matches.
With Jorginho sending brilliant passes and Eden Hazard in a spectacular form, the Blues looked like a team ready to win the Premier League. But a few more games were needed to see where the real problem was: in the attack.
Ever since Diego Costa left, they lacked a striker able to make a difference. Sure, they had Michy Batshuayi, a player with a lot of potential, but who was eventually loaned to Valencia, for still mysterious reasons, while Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud weren’t just good enough.
The Frenchman showed some signs of getting back to the form that turned him into a legend at Arsenal – and he even got a call up for the World Cup for this – while Morata looked like he was constantly struggling.
And It’s more than obvious that there’s a big need of a prolific striker, as Maurizio Sarri ended up using Eden Hazard as a false nine, just to compensate. But we’re in the transfer window right now and Chelsea is surely targeting a striker.
There are a few options on Sarri’s list, but – obviously – just one of them would be right for his formation. To be more specific, we’re talking about Gonzalo Higuain, Callum Wilson, and Marko Arnautovic, as well as a few more, from other leagues, like Mauro Icardi and Edinson Cavani.
Higuain, Sarri’s first choice
When they were working together at Napoli, Maurizio Sarri managed to transform Gonzalo Higuain into Italy’s top striker, as he scored 36 times during a season. And he kept doing it right, whether it was at Juventus or AC Milan.
If Higuain arrives at Chelsea, playing alongside Eden Hazard and Pedro would be amazing, as he would have somebody to send him balls and, eventually, score.
However, he is over 30 and his level was not as back in his Napoli days lately. But you never know what Sarri can do!
Callum Wilson, Premier League’s hottest prospect
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson can easily make it at any Premier League club right now. Sure, there’s still room for improvement, but he would also be a great addition to Chelsea, as long as they can play short and sharp passes. He is fast enough and could fit Sarri’s style, but the Cherries are – unfortunately for the Blues – asking way too much for him.
Marko Arnautovic, the arrogant one
Arnautovic is currently a key player for West Ham and a lot of clubs, including some Chinese league ones, are interested in him. He is decently priced, under the current market conditions, and he may be slightly better than Callum Wilson.
An aspect that really differentiates him is that he knows he is a good player and is not afraid of admitting it. Not to mention that it can help him adapt at Chelsea with ease. But are the Blues going to settle with a player coming from West Ham instead of a world-class striker?
Mauro Icardi, Inter’s prized asset
There’s nothing more to say about the argentinian striker, as he proved what he can do. Obviously, he would be great for Chelsea, as he is a natural born finisher.
Still, he costs 100 million euros. Is Roman Abramovich willing to spend that much on a striker? Last time he splashed the cash on one things didn’t go as expected. Yes, we’re talking about Fernando Torres.
Cavani was also linked to Chelsea by some sources, claiming that Maurizio Sarri would be interested in offering PSG £50 million for the striker. But let’s not forget that he is part of the French champions’ deadly offensive trio, so the chances of signing him this January are close to zero.
There are options, no questions asked. Chelsea’s mission is to decide which of these players – or another one, of course – fits Maurizio Sarri’s style best and has the potential to develop at the club. Preferably without spending that much, but in most cases, you get what you pay for. With some exceptions, of course.
Last but not least, one thing is clear: they need a striker more than air. And fast!