Alan Shearer believes Chelsea won’t be able to challenge for the Premier League title until they sign a genuine top quality centre-forward to make the most of their talented squad.
Thomas Tuchel has made a positive start as Chelsea head coach having taken over from Frank Lampard in January with three wins and a draw and just one goal conceded.
It’s been notable in the small sample size of matches he’s presided over that the German has made the Blues into a possession-heavy, ball dominant team but they haven’t converted territory and possession into goals.
Tuchel has shifted the Blues into a 3-4-2-1 formation with attacking midfielders operating off the central striker, with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham in a job share and Mason Mount in a false nine role for the 1-0 win over Spurs.
Tuchel’s rotation has enabled him to have a good look at his squad and the resources available to him, but also indicates he’s not 100% certain or confident he has a go-to centre-forward, with Timo Werner increasing looking more potent on the left flank.
“He’s given everyone an opportunity. He didn’t play Mount in the first game, he swapped it over with Chilwell and Alonso, Giroud’s been in there,” Shearer said on Match of the Day.
“He’s changed the system slightly and given everyone the opportunity to impress him.
“I still think they’re lacking that top quality centre forward to challenge.
“They’ll challenge for fourth but to get to the next level, I believe they’ll need a top centre-forward.”
That observation by Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer, chimes with reports that Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland with be Chelsea’s No1 transfer target this summer.
Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland is on Chelsea’s radar. (Image: Friedemann Vogel – Pool/Getty Images).
With Giroud out of contract, however, the Blues…