The Blues and Mauricio Pochettino will look for a new striker in the summer ahead of the new season.
When Mauricio Pochettino sits down at Cobham to begin his preparations for next season, resolving Chelsea’s forward issues will be at the top of his priority list. This season, the Blues have scored 36 goals in 35 Premier League games, a club record low.
Chelsea will need to score ten goals against Manchester City, Manchester United, and Newcastle between now and the conclusion of the season to match their current worst goalscoring season in the Premier League – 46 in 1995/96.
The west Londoners’ presence in the final third has not been improved by the January arrivals of Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, and Noni Madueke, with the area of the squad noted as one in serious need of a prolific goalscorer in the summer.
Following his loan spell with Inter Milan, Romelu Lukaku is set to return to SW6 at the end of the season. This season, the Belgian has scored 12 goals in 31 games in Italy, including five in his last four Serie A outings, his lowest goal total in a single season in his career.
The fates of Pierre-Emerick Aubemayeng and Felix are also uncertain as the transfer window approaches. Todd Boehly is likely to spend big money on a new number nine in the summer to avoid a repetition of the current season’s disaster.
After reaching an agreement with Pochettino to become the next manager, work has already begun with the recruitment staff to cut the vast roster and make the required upgrades. According to The Telegraph, the Blues are aiming to sign at least two or three new players, with a former fan favorite perhaps returning.
Under Roman Abramovich’s leadership, Tammy Abraham left the club in 2021 for the Italian team AS Roma. After scoring 27 goals in 53 games in his first season, the 25-year-old has only scored nine this season.
His future has been a source of contention for some time, ever since it was disclosed that Chelsea slipped a clause into his contract that allows them to re-sign him this summer if they so desire. Roma’s general manager, Tiago Pinto, stated the sum is in the area of €80 million (£70.5 million), which is £36.5 million more than Roma paid for him two years ago.
However, Chelsea may be able to lure Abraham back to West London for a lower transfer fee, with Spanish publication Fichajes reporting that Roma will consider offers worth £40 million. Aston Villa, Newcastle, and Liverpool are also rumored to be interested in bringing the attacker back to the Premier League.
Pochettino is precise when it comes to putting his faith in a striker. He received the benefits with Harry Kane at Tottenham and had the pleasure of coaching Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain.
If Lukaku or Armando Broja isn’t the ideal fit, Abraham’s return to Stamford Bridge might be a game changer. In comparison to players in the top five leagues, the striker ranks in the 80th percentile for non-penalty expected goals plus assisted goals (npxG + xAG) and the 80th percentile for non-penalty xG.
Aside from scoring goals, the Cobham graduate is capable of coordinating play with his teammates. He is in the 76th percentile for striker tackles and the 83rd percentile for aerials won.
Chelsea is well aware of what they are in for with Abraham. Only this time, he’ll be a player with a track record of scoring goals in Europe and a point to prove in the Premier League.