Former Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit has explained how Erling Haaland can solve a key problem for his old club.
Thomas Tuchel needs a striker that can score ‘lots of goals’ and Erling Haaland is ‘the answer’, says Emmanuel Petit.
Chelsea enjoyed an incredible start to life under Tuchel last season. The Blues climbed from ninth place in the Premier League to fourth, reached the FA Cup final, and won the Champions League. They conceded an average of just 0.53 goals-per-game, but often struggled on the other end of the pitch.
Indeed, even with summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz heading the attack, goals were hard to score at times. In fact, Chelsea have only scored over one goal in 13 of Tuchel’s 30 games.
A new striker, therefore, is reportedly on the German’s transfer list as he eyes a Premier League title challenge next season. And Petit reckons Borussia Dortmund star Haaland is the man for the job.
“I’ll make it simple. Olivier Giroud is on his way out of Chelsea, Tammy Abraham is probably leaving on loan, and Timo Werner still struggling to score goals consistently and Kai Havertz is not a striker,” he told Paddy Power.
“Chelsea need a new striker and someone who scores lots of goals.
“Erling Haaland is the answer, he’s strong, powerful and young with a bright future in front of him.
“Haaland’s value is already very high, and connections with Tuchel increase his chance of joining Chelsea. Offensively, he could become the finisher that Chelsea really need.
“I can imagine his relationship with [Mason] Mount, [Kai] Havertz, [Christian] Pulisic and [Hakim] Ziyech, making him score lots of goals at Stamford Bridge.
“Chelsea needs a top striker, it’s as simple as that.”
That said, Chelsea face stiff competition for Haaland. Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United are both reportedly interested in the Norwegian. Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid fancy signing him as well; although their restricted finances could leave them at a disadvantage.