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4 strikers Chelsea should target this summer

Nikhil Patil
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3.03K   //    18 Feb 2019, 22:00 IST

Sarri and Gonzalo Higuain look to reignite their relationship at Chelsea
Sarri and Gonzalo Higuain look to reignite their relationship at Chelsea

An important part of the puzzle that has been missing for Maurizio Sarri has been the presence of an excellent striking option to rely on. A forward with good link-up play and positional versatility is key to the Italian's philosophy, as evidenced by the role Dries Mertens played under him at Napoli.

Álvaro Morata's struggles in west London have been well-documented over the past 18 months despite an encouraging start to life in England's top-flight. The Blues have looked to address this problem by signing Higuain, who after a poor start to the 2018/19 campaign, is aiming to emulate his record-breaking form under Sarri at Napoli in 15/16. However, Chelsea should still be searching for a long-term option to buy on a permanent basis in the summer to suit their goalscoring needs.

There are a number of impressive strikers across Europe eager to grab an opportunity centre-stage at a team like Chelsea, utilising their talented midfielders to devastating effect in the final third. With that in mind, here's a look at four forwards that the Blues should target:

#4 Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli)

Milik has been impressive, despite injury issues, with Sarri's former side Napoli
Milik has been impressive, despite injury issues, with Sarri's former side Napoli

Having broken out on the scene as a promising youngster for Poland at Euro 2016, Milik has gone on to display glimpses of world-class potential but so far struggled to assert his mark after lengthy absences through knee ligament injuries over the past two seasons.

This season, that has all changed. The 24-year-old has netted 12 goals and created one assist in 21 league appearances under Carlo Ancelotti's guidance. A strong runner with the ball, he packs a powerful shot, provides an aerial threat and can score headers too given his 6ft 4in frame.

As the competition for Poland's frontline intensifies with Bayern's Robert Lewandowski a sure starter and Milan's Krzysztof Piatek in spectacular goalscoring form in Italy's top tier, he would be eager to take the Premier League by storm - succeeding Higuain once more in the process - while proving his quality on a tougher stage after stints at Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax before Naples came calling in 2016.

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