A contribution post by @CFCLewis_
Since Diego Costa fell out with Antonio Conte in the 2016/17 season Chelsea have seriously struggled to find a man who can bring us a good amount of goals from up top and with a transfer ban this summer we are going into another season not really knowing where goals will come from. Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are all decent players, and I think going forward we will need at least one in the squad, but none of them seem to be the world class number 9 we need. At the moment there isn’t anyone obvious screaming out to be that guy like Luka Jovic was but there are definitely players to keep an eye on.
One of the less talked about names on this list but that’s probably not a good reflection of his ability. Dembélé played both in a 2 with Depay and as a lone striker in a multitude of formations racking up 20 goals and 6 assists in 46 appearances for Lyon last season which is a very decent return and still young you can expect these numbers to keep rising. He’s very much a penalty box striker and doesn’t have much of a long shot threat on him but that shouldn’t matter as we have other players who can do that but he’s a decent finisher and he should become more clinical as he gets older. He’s also quite good at linking up the play and would complement Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic nicely shown by his 6 assists and 1.3 key passes per 90 in the league. Moussa isn’t the finished article yet but he will only improve and after this season he should be even further along in his development and potentially ready for Chelsea.
Seb Haller had an excellent season last year for Frankfurt playing in a 2 alongside Luka Jovic earning him a big money move to the premier league. Physically an excellent fit for the premier league, standing at 6 foot 3 with a big frame he’s a strong guy, fairly quick and an absolute monster in the air helpful for bringing others into the game. Bringing others into the game is one of his biggest strengths and his flick ons and layoffs are a big part of his game, with 1.3 key passes per game in the Bundesliga registering 9 assists, this accompanied with his 15 goals and decent shot volume shows that he’s a very well rounded striker and his creativity would be a huge bonus to our wingers and helping them rack up goals. Playing as a lone striker for West Ham could go 2 ways, it could increases goalscoring total as he doesn’t have another man to share them with or he could struggle due to the lack of a presence alongside him. If he has a good season in the premier league this year he should certainly be on the club’s radar, especially with a rumoured champions league escape clause written into his contract.
Piatek is someone who seriously caught the headlines in Serie A last season with his 19 goals for Genoa early in the season earning him a move to AC Milan where he racked up a further 11 goals, bringing him to 30 for the club season. This season Piatek was incredibly clinical in the penalty box and buried practically every chance he got however his game seems very limited to poaching. This doesn’t mean he is a bad player at all but it also means he wont fit every system and this season will show us if Lampard would want a striker like Krzysztof or not. It will also give us a chance to see if this season was a one off or if he is really someone to consider.
Personally, this is the most exciting option for next season. The first time I saw him in action was against us in preseason last year and he lived up to what I had seen in compilation videos and how good he is on FIFA Career Mode! In terms of his style as a player he profiles pretty much perfectly as the modern day striker, good in the air, quick, can beat a man, good finisher, racks up key passes and being Argentinian as well he does hold similarities to Sergio Aguero. This season he played 1337 minutes in Serie A which for a 21 year old is disappointing and only scored 6 with 2 assists but in all competitions ended up with 15 goals and 2 assists which isn’t bad output. If he plays regularly this season in Conte’s 352 I expect to see a much better, more ready player and I think if this happens he will be the man we should throw everything at next summer to be that long term number 9 solution that we need.