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5 strikers who can replace Michy Batshuayi at Chelsea

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12.59K   //    17 Jan 2018, 22:44 IST

Norwich City v Chelsea - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
On his way out?

As the winter transfer window is here, Conte and his team management need to make up their mind whether to keep Michy Batshuayi as their second-choice striker or to sign a new man to fire up ahead.

Batshuayi has failed to win over Conte as he has not been impressive or consistent enough in the chances he has got. Batshuayi has found himself in much below position than Pedro or any other midfielder. It looks like the 23-year-old could be making his way out very soon as rumours say that Lille has approached Chelsea with hefty offers.

Chelsea v Leicester City - Premier League
Antonio Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title last season

The Blues' management needs to admit that they are missing some passion and fire up front. With Costa's departure from the club, Chelsea now misses the well-needed aggression and their summer signing Alvaro Morata has failed to provide that so far.

Chelsea has not made a good start to the new year and Conte needs to rethink his strategies to give some competition to Pep's City who are the runaway leaders in the Premier League. The London club also faces the ruthless and unbeaten Barcelona in the UEFA Champions Round of 16. Should Chelsea give Batshuayi more chances or should they sign a new second choice striker?

Let us see some options Chelsea can acquire to replace Batshuayi:


Andy Carroll

Carroll has been referred to as a classic centre-forward due to his strength, powerful shots and excellent heading ability. He is probably one of the best headers of the ball Premier League has seen and due to his giant figure, he is very prominent in his position. The injury problems for the giant are very well-known and is a matter of concern for any team. He is very much experienced with the physicality of Premier League and offers much strength to the forward line.

West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

Carroll is on the potential target list of Conte as rumors say but it could be a type of gamble if Conte brings him to the club. He can be a lethal weapon on his day and will offer Conte the flexibility of executing Plan B.

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This might be a short-term solution before the summer transfer window and Conte may persuade West Ham to hand over Carroll with a six-month loan deal.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/17/chelsea-talks-west-ham-andy-carroll-transfer

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