1. Dusan Vlahovic
Dusan Vlahovic made his mark in Europe as a serial goalscorer for Fiorentina in Serie A. During the first half of the 2021/22 campaign Vlahovic bagged 17 goals in 21 matches, prompting Juventus to splurge around 81 million euros for the Serbian striker during that season’s January window. At Juventus, Vlahovic has not continued the trajectory he was on at Fiorentina.
This season with the Bianconeri, he’s scored 10 goals in Serie A in 27 matches, suffering from inconsistency. While Vlahovic’s performances at Juventus have been underwhelming, his style of play does not suit Max Allegri’s side. Allegri’s outdated defensively pragmatic and low possession based tactics often leaves Vlahovic as an isolated body in a lackluster attack, receiving little service to do what he does best , finish. In addition, the Serbian striker has dealt with injuries throughout the season and is currently nursing a nagging groin injury.
At Chelsea, a manager of Mauricio Pochettino’s style can surely can the best out of Vlahovic, similar to how he developed Harry Kane. Vlahovic’s attributes fits the profile of striker that the Premier League demands. He is tall standing at 6’3 but yet surprisingly agile with and without the ball, while retaining the physicality to scrap with defenders and finish under pressure. Sometimes he can be too agitated and rushed in his striking but with some polishing Vlahovic does present himself as an ideal candidate to be Chelsea’s No.9 next season.