Tuchel is building a formidable side but needs a proven scoring talent in his ranks, so here are eight top strikers that Chelsea should target.
Thomas Tuchel may have arrived at Stamford Bridge under a very dark cloud, but the German’s superb start has ticked all the boxes at Chelsea.
A 13-match unbeaten run, nine wins, 11 clean sheets, and only two goals conceded are about as good as it can get.
The only downside, for now at least anyway, is the lack of goals.
Tammy Abraham has played little under Tuchel so far, while big-money summer signing Timo Werner hasn’t lived up to expectations, and a 34-year-old Olivier Giroud is entering the twilight phase of his career.
So let’s check out the strikers who could help take Tuchel and Chelsea to the next level.
Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund
We start with the obvious one in Erling Haaland.
The Borussia Dortmund striker is a man in demand with Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester City all sniffing around. Competition is steep and it would take a huge transfer fee to bag him.
But Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has never been afraid to splash big on a top striker either, no matter how badly the previous ones flopped.
Danny Ings – Southampton
Ok, Ings flopped at Liverpool for reasons that were mostly out of his control.
But his fitness problems are a thing of the past now. Ings has been sensational since swapping Liverpool for Southampton, having already scored 42 goals in 92 appearances for the struggling Saints. He almost won the Premier League Golden Boot last season as well.
Makes you wonder what he could do with a bigger club, doesn’t it? All he needs is one sniff at the goal and bang!
Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan
Lukaku recently claimed he has “nothing but love” for his former club on Twitter, so could a comeback be on someday?
Prising the Belgian away from Inter Milan could prove to be an almost impossible task. Chelsea tried to re-sign him in 2017, but Manchester United got in their first and forced them to settle for Alvaro Morata instead.
But while Lukaku has done brilliant at Inter over the last two seasons, you can’t help feeling he has some unfinished business left at Stamford Bridge.
Patrick Bamford – Leeds United
Bamford knows Chelsea inside out and has proved his money’s worth in the Premier League this season at Leeds.
The 27-year-old previously joined the Blues as a youngster, but he never broke into the first-team. After several loan spells, Bamford left London in 2017 and has since developed into an exciting prospect under Marcelo Bielsa.
In some ways, though, Bamford is probably still a 50/50 bet.
Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain
Ok, this one is probably a long stretch at best.
Real Madrid, who are coached by France icon Zinedine Zidane, are favorites to sign Mbappe from PSG. But the Spanish giants, like many other clubs, are a little short on cash at the moment.
And given Mbappe’s past ties with Chelsea, having trailed at the club as a youngster, the French players already at the club, and Abramovich’s robust spending in the last 12 months, the Blues may fancy a shot.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton
If Chelsea want to take on a homegrown English talent, Calvert-Lewin might fit the bill.
The 24-year-old is good in the air, has superb skills on the ball, and has taken his game to a new level under former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti at Everton. In fact, he has been one of the Premier League’s most improved players this season.
Calvert-Lewin isn’t as good as some other strikers on this list, but he’ll be a cheaper alternative at least.
Andre Silva – Eintracht Frankfurt
The Portuguese striker, once hailed as Cristiano Ronaldo’s heir, is a man reborn at Eintracht Frankfurt this season.
Silva matches Haaland for 21 Bundesliga goals this season and is tied with the Norwegian for third place in the European Golden Shoe rankings. He would be a cheaper alternative to the Dortmund man, but does that make him a good call?
Silva should prove he is no one-season wonder first.
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
Nobody thought Frank Lampard would leave Chelsea and join Manchester City, but he did exactly that in 2014 and even scored a goal against the Blues.
So perhaps it’s time karma strikes back?
Seeing Aguero line-up for Chelsea would be a weird sight. If Abramovich can sign him though, he will do it. And given the prolific Argentine’s proven record in the Premier League, there is no reason a transfer shouldn’t happen – especially for free!
Aguero will be out of contract at City in the summer and has yet to announce an extension or whether he plans to stay at the Etihad or not.