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Thomas Tuchel must solve Chelsea’s biggest problem before he can complete dream transfer

Former Arsenal and England midfielder Paul Merson believes Chelsea have got to show more attacking intent and quality in the final third if they are to try and sign Erling Haaland this summer.

Despite going his first nine games in charge of the Blues unbeaten in all competitions, head coach Thomas Tuchel, who will be looking to extend that unbeaten run to ten matches when his side lock horns with Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday evening, has not seen his side flex their muscles in the final third as much as he would have liked.

In his first nine games in charge, the Blues have scored just ten goals, scoring more than one in a game on just three occasions, those being against Burnley, Sheffield United and Newcastle United in the Premier League.

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Whilst Tuchel’s primary aim since succeeding Frank Lampard in the Chelsea managerial hot seat at the end of January has been to stiffen them up defensively and make them hard to beat – something he has done very quickly- they have not looked like a side capable of scoring masses of goals, with four of his six wins so far coming by a one goal margin.

With that in mind, the Blues’ midfield players need to start offering more support to the strikers, with the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz’s creativity levels having been questioned.

And for Sky Sports pundit Merson, the Blues must start increasing their goalscoring output if they are to stand any chance of acting as an attractive proposition for Haaland, who has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks.

“He [Haaland] will be looking at the way Chelsea play, and that they’ve only scored eight goals in seven games,” Merson told Sky Sports.

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