In Focus: Chelsea should be targeting someone better than Richmond Boakye

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Chelsea are ready to send scouts to check on Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye, who has scored 25 goals for the Serbian outfit in 2017, when he comes up against Arsenal in the Europa League next Thursday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says that the Ghana international is well known to Blues boss Antonio Conte having had a brief spell at Juventus, however the attacker failed to convince the coaching staff that he was worthy of a starting position.

However, after a series of loan spells he looks to have finally found some goalscoring form with Red Star, and if he keeps up his current performances then he may well earn a move in the New Year, with the Daily Mail saying that Celtic, Swansea City and Crystal Palace are all also monitoring his progress.

How has Boakye done this season?

After earning a permanent move to Red Star during the summer having scored 15 goals in 19 matches in all competitions during a loan spell from Serie B side Latina in the second half of last term, the 24-year-old has carried on his impressive form into the new campaign.

The Ghanaian striker has netted 10 goals and provided a further three assists in 16 outings in total for the Serbian side, with eight of those strikes coming in the Europa League – including a stunning winner against Cologne in their previous group match.

Would he be a good signing for Chelsea?

On paper, Boakye certainly doesn’t look to have the quality to be a regular starter for a team like Chelsea that have aspirations to win both the Premier League and the Champions League.

However, he looks to have that goalscoring knack if his spell with Red Star is anything to go by and that would suggest that he would be a more than able back-up to the likes of Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi in the Blues’ first team.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while Chelsea will always be scouting a number of players across Europe, you would expect a lower Premier League club or Celtic to take a punt on Boakye rather than the Blues, unless they are looking for a third-choice striker and the 24-year-old is happy with that role and lack of playing time.