English champions, Chelsea, are currently believed to be on the lookout for a new winger following the less than impressive signings of Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah.
Since Andre Schurrle departed, Chelsea have struggled to find a fourth option for their three attacking midfield roles with both Oscar and Willian looking at their best when playing in the ‘No.10’, and the left-wing position nailed down by Eden Hazard.
Goals are desperately needed from these areas. With Willian often falling short in this department, and news that Cuadrado could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge already after a dismal first few months at the club, Chelsea fans will be hoping any addition to the squad will supplement the efforts of Diego Costa and Hazard, which shouldn’t be too difficult with the pinpoint passing of Cesc Fabregas as serving.
Here are FIVE attacking options for Chelsea..
This French sensation is a star with a release clause that Chelsea have been considering activating. It is believed Griezmann would be one of the more costly options open to the West London club, but the Frenchman would also provide the versatility to play as a striker.
After an impressive first campaign with Atletico Madrid, interest continues to grow in the ex-Real Sociedad man and his ability to play as a central striker would help to support Loic Remy, Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao.
The electric pace and goal threat of Griezmann fits the bill for Chelsea and would add to a side already set up for some lightening counter-attacking play.
Since the arrival of Neymar and Luis Suarez, game time has been a rare commodity for this World Cup winner. During the seasons between 2009-11, Pedro scored nearly 50 goals for Barcelona as he flanked Lionel Messi and David Villa in what was one of the greatest club sides ever seen.
Unfortunately for the Spaniard, removing the current highly-talented triumvirate looks a nigh-on impossible task and the decrease in his release clause (brought in with his new contract) has seen several clubs’ interest grow. The goals Pedro would offer are exactly what Chelsea, and Mourinho, are looking for and it’s a transfer that would hopefully take the weight off of Eden Hazard.
Since the Petr Cech transfer to Arsenal, several moves the other way have been mooted.
Walcott would be one of the players Chelsea could be looking at and, like Griezmann, he offers the versatility to play both wide right and as a central striker. If Walcott can stay injury free he is likely to be prolific whether he is being fed by Mesut Ozil or Cesc Fabregas and the prospect of him running the channels with the creativity of the Chelsea midfield is breathtaking.
Wenger would probably be against moving on a key member of their squad to a rival, but Chelsea may have the financial pull to drag the ex-Saint across London.
Draxler is another off the German talent conveyor belt, but his career seems to have stagnated slightly with the number of injuries he has suffered lately.
Still of unquestionably immense talent, Draxler is a far different prospect from other suggestions and is not an additional forward the same way. The Schalke man would not necessarily bring in bucket loads of goals and is not a natural on the right.
Draxler would be viewed as more of an extra midfielder and has never scored more than 10 goals in a league season. The German is an option for the future and at 21 and he would introduce something quite different to the Chelsea attack.
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As hero of the football hipsters, Reus has developed an iconic tag in certain corners of the social media world.
As a player, Reus is one of the most talented to be playing outside of the big three European clubs (Bayern, Barca and Real) and has, rightfully, attracted significant amounts of attention from sides aiming for the latter stages of the Champions League.
Following the departures of Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Jurgen Klopp, many tipped Reus to follow his friends out of Dortmund. Reus may yet stay in Germany, but the prospect of a Hazard-Willian-Reus attacking trio behind a fully fit Diego Costa is one that will have Chelsea fans drooling.
Reus is about more than just goals, but his ability to play as a second striker or on either flank must have Mourinho considering a move.