There has been a lot of speculation surrounding which striker Chelsea will sign in the summer. The Blues can’t lose focus on Erling Haaland.
Despite adding several players to the attacking aspect of the squad, Chelsea is still lacking a decisive goal scorer. Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner have been the two options available this season. However, neither of them has impressed. Giroud has been a shadow of his normal self and Werner is having difficulties finding his rhythm and preferred position.
But in light of recent circumstances, Chelsea set its sights on Erling Haaland as the solution. And, who wouldn’t? The Norwegian international cannot stop scoring. With 21 goals in 21 appearances so far in in the Bundesliga, all the top clubs are willing to pay premium price for his services.
Haaland has been the focus point for the blues until two recent rumors emerged. The first being Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, and Sergio Aguero, soon to be ex-Manchester City. While these two strikers could solve a lot of problems for Chelsea, Haaland will look to solve all and any problems.
First, is the topic of Lukaku and why his move does not make sense. Lukaku is a great striker in his prime. Since his arrival at Inter Milan, he has outdone himself. Playing under Antonio Conte, the Belgian striker has scored 19 goals in 26 games in Serie A. Not only does the Italian league suits him, but Antonio Conte is getting the best out of him.
However, contemplating the move is purely sentimental. Lukaku was to be the next legendary striker at Chelsea. It was his dream to play in Stamford Bridge and become the best. But all of that fell through when he moved to Manchester United. His time with the Red Devils was underwhelming even though he was given every opportunity to succeed. He failed to appear in big games and did not adapt to Jose Mourinho’s game plan, and perhaps the pressure of playing for a big club.
While his stats are impressive at the moment, Lukaku is not likely to replicate them as a Blue. He may fit the description of the striker Chelsea is looking for, but he already demonstrated that he won’t be the game changer he needs to be in the Premier League. For these reasons, he should not be considered over Haaland.
Second, is Sergio Aguero. To be fair, Aguero as a free agent makes sense, as long as his arrival does not hinder Haaland’s acquisition. A striker that can finish from any angle, is alert inside the box, and is not shy of taking on the game on his shoulders sounds like Aguero. Simultaneously, that sounds like the striker Chelsea need.
However, Aguero is close to turning 33 and his is past his prime. What Chelsea fans would be expecting from him is not what they will get. The argentine will come off the bench to play a few minutes to alleviate minutes of other attacking players, or to pile pressure on the opposition in the dying minutes of the match.
Again, given the circumstances, and Aguero being a free agent in the summer, this is a no-brainer. But this is a short-term solution, and Chelsea still have Tammy Abraham to take into consideration. Tammy’s ceiling for improvement is still vast, and Aguero reached his years ago. Only if Olivier Giroud leaves this summer, and Aguero is willing play a minimum number of games, should Chelsea consider bringing the argentine over to West London.
Lastly, and the main point, is Haaland has proved to be a goal scoring machine. More importantly, he is the future and should be the first and only striker for Chelsea. With Haaland leading the line, Chelsea will have every opportunity to win every trophy available. Any other signings will leave the blues with a taste of disappointment while other teams savor the flavor of their striker scoring for fun.