Is Alvaro Morata’s replacement already at Chelsea?

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly looking for reinforcement in the transfer market, but is not willing to take urgent action in strengthening the team we head into the second part of the season.

It’s believed the Italian gaffer is actively looking to bolster the core of his team as he looks to field a team capable of challenging for the title, and while the Premier League looks out of their reach, the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League are still a possibility for the Blues, and he believed the addition of a new man would help the club’s to claim a trophy this season.

Gonzalo Higuain, Callum Wilson and Mauro Icardi have been three strikers linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the past weeks, but Sarri must sit back and assess his current squad and must surely see Olivier Giroud as the striking option that must lead the line for Chelsea.

The Frenchman has only registered six of Chelsea’s last 21 Premier League fixtures this season, with Alvaro Morata leading the line for Chelsea in 11 matches, but with Morata likely to be out injured on a long-term and potentially leaving the Bridge in the coming months after a tough season.

Giroud, however, have only scored one goal in the league this season but the 32-year-old French World Cup winner ability to partner brilliant with Eden Hazard in attack can be what Chelsea need through the second half of the season.

Hazard has said himself about his joys of player next to Giroud in attack after the Frenchman set up two of his goals against Cardiff City earlier in the season, he said:

“When he [Giroud] gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, Olivier’s a target man, maybe the best in the world; I think so.”

So, if Giroud was to be toppled by the likes of Higuain, Icardi or Wilson then it would ultimately be taking a significant positive away from Hazard’s game and with the Blues man likely to be the driving force to glory this season then Sarri must focus on starting Giroud for the foreseeable future and not aiming to strengthen his frontline.

Yes, Chelsea should look to add to the squad at the end of the season, but paying an over-inflated price for a striker that’s not needed when you have the ideal fit at the club would be foolish for a club aiming to challenge in a host of tournaments.

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