Chelsea’s striker problem started badly and it’s getting worse.
At first the Blues lacked a good backup for Michy Batshuayi. This was compounded by the failure to sign Fernando Llorente on transfer deadline day.
The good form of Alvaro Morata kept the team afloat in the early stages of the season, but when he was out and Batshuayi brought in the scale of the problem became clear. Already the team were looking for forwards, but now Morata’s form has declined the need is even more severe.
Antonio Conte is now looking for someone who can genuinely replace Morata when his form is this poor, let alone be his backup. The names that have circulated are hardly inspiring: Andy Carroll to name just one.
If the Blues are looking for a 6 month dice-roll, they could do worse than looking at former player Daniel Sturridge. He’s out of contract in the summer and would be available for almost nothing. Of course we know how injury prone he is, but this is a six month gamble to tide us over till we can buy a top striker in the summer. He has the technical ability to play for Chelsea, and if our excellent medical staff could keep him fit he’d score goals without doubt.
He’s a more interesting prospect than Carroll, that’s for sure.