Forget Higuain, Icardi And Wilson, Chelsea Must Focus On Making This Man Their Premier Striker
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is dipping his toe into the transfer market, but is not willing to make the plunge to strengthen his squad as we head into the second part of the season.
Sarri is actively looking to bolster his playing staff as he looks to surge for a title-laden campaign, and while the Premier League is likely to be out of range, the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League are still a trio of trophies the Blues are capable of winning, and Sarri believes that adding to his squad can help the London club bound to glory.
Gonzalo Higuain, Callum Wilson and Mauro Icardi have been three strikers linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the past weeks, but Sarri must take a step back and assess his current squad and must surely see Olivier Giroud is the striking option that must lead the line for the Blues.
Giroud has only started six of Chelsea's 21 Premier League games this season, with Alvaro Morata leading the line for the Blues in 11 matches, but with the Spaniard likely to be out injured and potentially leaving the Bridge in the coming months after a torrid campaign then it's time for Sarri to put his faith in Giroud.
The 32-year-old French World Cup winner may have only scored one goal in the league (against Tottenham Hotspur), but his ability to dovetail with Eden Hazard in attack can be the catalyst for Chelsea rocketing through the second half of the season.
Hazard has been vocal about his joys of having Giroud as the Blues' target man and after the Frenchman set up two of Hazard's goals against Cardiff earlier in the season, the Belgian superstar said: "When he [Giroud] gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, Olivier’s a target man, maybe the best in the world; I think so."
So, if Giroud was to be toppled by the likes of Higuain, Icardi or Wilson then it would ultimately be taking a significant positive away from Hazard's game and with the Blues man likely to be the driving force to glory this season then Sarri must focus on starting Giroud for the foreseeable future and not aiming to strengthen his frontline.
Yes, Chelsea should look to add to the squad at the end of the season, but paying an over-inflated price for a striker that's not needed when you have the ideal fit at the club would be foolish for a club aiming to challenge in a host of tournaments.