In a recent press conference, Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has strongly indicated the possibility of acquiring another striker during this summer transfer window.
His remarks come on the heels of an impressive performance by Christopher Nkunku in Chelsea’s friendly match against League Two outfit Wrexham, where the Frenchman showcased his skills in the blue jersey.
Nkunku, 25, made a significant impact after coming on as a substitute in the second half of the match, contributing a goal in the final minutes of the game, which ended in a resounding 5-0 victory for Chelsea.
With the club’s goal-scoring struggles fresh in the minds of the fans, hopes are high that Nkunku’s display is merely a taste of what is to come. Chelsea’s lackluster goal tally of 38 in 38 Premier League matches played a decisive role in their modest 12th-placed finish last season.
Pochettino faces the daunting task of revamping Chelsea’s attacking prowess, and the recent acquisition of Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal has been a step in that direction.
Moreover, a series of departures from the squad have left the manager contemplating various options to bolster the forward lines.
As for Nkunku, his versatility makes him a valuable asset.
The former RB Leipzig star has showcased the ability to perform across the front three positions and even in a more attacking midfield role, demonstrating prowess both in goal-scoring and playmaking.
However, despite his successful stint as a number nine against Wrexham in the pre-season friendly, Pochettino hinted that the French international might not be restricted to that role during the regular season.
During a post-match media interaction, Pochettino stated, “I think for the possibility today and the different players we have available and I think it’s a position we decide today… we only have Jackson and him with the possibility to play as a striker.”
While there’s hope for Armando Broja’s return from a serious knee injury to fill that position, Pochettino’s comments suggest that Chelsea is actively exploring further striker options in the transfer market.
Dusan Vlahovic has emerged as one of the prime contenders linked to the club, with a multitude of other options also under consideration.
As the transfer window continues, Chelsea fans eagerly await news of potential reinforcements that could bolster their team’s attacking prowess and elevate them to a stronger position in the Premier League standings.