Despite marking a less than convincing return to winning ways last time out against Norwich City, the 2015/16 campaign has nonetheless proven a rather troublesome one down at Stamford Bridge this term. For one reason or another, the current Premier League title holders have looked a mere shadow of their former selves…
On top of all the recent speculation surrounding Jose Mourinho and his apparent lack of control behind the scenes at Chelsea, each of Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy have distinctly failed to do the business in front of goal this season. The Blues’ striking department simply looks short of delivering the goods in 2015/16, despite the rave reviews Costa initially received upon first introducing himself among the English top-flight.
So then, in light of Chelsea’s obvious issues in the goal scoring department this campaign, the Blues have reportedly set their sights on Borussia Dortmund’s seeming goal-scoring machine in the Bundesliga this year – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The 2015/16 campaign has conversely turned out rather promising for the 26-year-old thus far, with 15 league finishes already successfully registered to the striker’s name.
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However, could Jose Mourinho really make this deal happen over the January transfer window, or was this particular transfer story produced for pure sensationalised head-line making and ultimately very little else?
Well, in light of the Gabon international’s fine form so far this season, it remains difficult to imagine Borussia Dortmund parting with their current favourite any time soon.
Unless a wealthy European club giant blows all competition out the water with a ridiculous transfer offer for the front-man’s services this winter – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will most likely remain in the Bundesliga at least for the foreseeable future.
Chelsea don’t exactly find themselves in the best bargaining position at all right now, BVB seem to have improved greatly since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel in the dug-out – and with a reported £42 million transfer valuation currently hanging above Aubameyang’s head – the 26-year-old attacker certainly remains a highly prized asset when all is said and done.
Having painted such a somewhat deflated picture of the current situation however, perhaps the Blues should arguably bite the bullet this January, and carry out some serious transfer activity in order to save their season at Stamford Bridge. Lord knows Mourinho’s side need a great deal of help at the minute, for without enough pace and mobility present throughout his chosen starting XI, Chelsea will only continue to struggle as the rest of the 2015/16 campaign plays out.
The former Saint-Etienne forward therefore arrives as a potentially influential character for the West Londoners to at least consider this January. His quick feet in the final third, combined with some much improved reliability in one-on-one situations, could easily work wonders at Stamford Bridge this season, whilst helping the Blues regain their much-needed intimidation factor back among the Premier League.
The English game is arguably perfectly suited to someone of Aubameyang’s overall skill-set, for his racing ability on the counter-attack could only prove promising among a league that prides itself on the quickness of its pace and entertaining end-to-end nature. If the current Borussia Dortmund star were in-fact to join Chelsea this January, the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard would likely see their own individual performances rise as a result – as the Gabon striker certainly works well when it comes to bringing others into the action.
Although the efforts of Diego Costa shouldn’t be completely written off in light of his inconsistent start to the current campaign, Aubameyang would nonetheless offer a great deal more than the Brazilian-born Spanish international in terms of sheer off-ball movement and space-creating alone. Both players operating on the same pitch together however, would represent a whole new venture altogether.
Chelsea must simply revitalize their squad somewhat this January in order to avoid further stagnation at their club. As Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang currently goes down as one of the most sought after stars in world football, though – the Blues may well be forced to get the cheque-book out once more and arguably buy themselves out of trouble with no questions asked.
In the end, such a notion wouldn’t exactly seem alien to those frequenting Stamford Bridge on a regular basis after all.