— Four strikers Chelsea could sign in January after Maurizio Sarri admission
The boos which greeted the final whistle following last night’s stalemate against Southampton officially marked the end of Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea honeymoon period.
Given he was parachuted into his new position just three weeks before the Community Shield, afforded little time to prepare and shape his new squad, it is a wonder it has taken until now for significant cracks to emerge.
Chelsea remain in pole position to grab the last Champions League qualifying position but the gap to Arsenal is down to three points, while a rejuvenated Manchester United, under the interim management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have emerged as a genuine threat.
Fixture congestion is likely to pose a further headache to Sarri in the coming weeks with Chelsea still involved in four competitions.
His squad looks ill-equipped to contend with a two-legged Carabao Cup semi final against Tottenham and the crucial Premier League games against Arsenal and Manchester City which are on the horizon.
Christian Pulisic’s arrival has been postponed until the summer, but his track record, in any case, suggests he would have been unable to supply the steady stream of goals which have dried up in recent weeks.
Chelsea’s last four wins have all been by single-goal margins with strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Grioud both struggling with form and fitness.
Sarri’s admission that his team needs ‘something different’ following last night’s 0-0 draw was tantamount to a cry for help with a new striker capable of leading the line an absolute priority. Here are four Chelsea could look to sign in the next month…