Fernando Llorente could be Chelsea’s answer to Olivier Giroud

Reports linking Chelsea with Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente just won’t go away. But its safe to say not every Blues supporter has been particularly convinced by the idea of a transfer swoop for the 32-year-old Spaniard.

But measuring in at 6 foot 4 and famed for his immense aerial threat, the main source of his 15 goals for the Welsh outfit last season, the 24-cap World Cup winner would give the reigning champions something alternative in attack compared to Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi – which could prove to be the difference in what looks set to be one of the closest title races of all time.

That could be vital in cancelling out the aerial dominance of Manchester United, who now boast one of the tallest sides in the Premier League, and exploiting a shared weakness of Liverpool and Manchester City at set pieces.

Similarly, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is the individual example to bear in mind. The France international used his height and power to score the most goals as a substitute of any player in the Premier League last season, giving the Gunners a more direct route of attack in the closing stages of matches when defences were worn down.

If Llorente can make himself as dependable from the bench as Giroud, providing a similar aerial menace and physical foothold to the Frenchman, he could quickly prove to be a huge asset for the west Londoners in the title race.