Maurizio Sarri’s hunt for a consistent goalscorer could see him make a move for Bournemouth hotshot Callum Wilson, with the Englishman being lined up to provide intense competition for the inconsistent Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, according to the Mirror.
So far this season, the former Coventry City forward has been the most effective Englishman in the Premier League, scoring six goals and setting up another four in just 11 games. Thanks to the 26-year-old’s form, the Cherries sit in 6th place in England’s top flight, just four points outside the Champions League positions.
Since signing from Coventry as a 22-year-old for £3.5m, Wilson has amassed 50 goals for the club, and would surely have notched a lot more were it not for two cruciate injuries that had ruled him out for substantial periods.
He managed to record 20 goals in his debut season at the Vitality Stadium, helping Eddie Howe’s side to the Championship title, but his luck with injuries was nowhere to be seen throughout his first two Premier League seasons.
He managed just 25 starts in those two seasons, scoring a measly 11 goals; to compare, when fit and firing, Wilson has six goals in just 11 games already in this campaign.
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The Bournemouth hitman would offer a complete contrast to the options that Sarri currently has at his disposal. Wilson is a quick, powerful brute of a forward, who is also an extremely prolific finisher.
Presently, both Morata and Giroud offer a decent option in terms of hold up play and aerial ability, but they don’t offer a drastic variation in style and neither are consistent enough in their goalscoring numbers.
Additionally, the fact that the Blues are competing in four competitions with just two strikers is surprising, given the finances available to them. They have persisted with using Eden Hazard as a makeshift centre forward at times in order to provide a different option.
However, if they were to lure Wilson to west London, their current forwards would be less fatigued under the weight of playing in the league, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League – which in turn should make Chelsea more competitive on all four fronts.