Chelsea is reportedly exploring the option of signing either Karim Benzema or Roberto Firmino on loan to address their scoring difficulties.
Faced with challenges in integrating their summer signings effectively, Chelsea is considering a temporary solution from the Saudi Pro League. While the idea of Benzema joining Stamford Bridge is appealing to Chelsea fans, he is considered too crucial to the Al-Ittihad project to be released.
More realistic options include Firmino, who has faced challenges settling at Al-Ahli, and Aleksandar Mitrovic, a fan favorite at Fulham, the West London rivals.
Chelsea has witnessed an improvement in their goal-scoring output compared to the previous season, but they continue to face challenges in converting possession and chances into goals.
Despite the focus on youth in their recent transfer dealings, the owners, Clearlake, and their relationship with the Saudi investment group PIF, which owns four top clubs in the SPL, may open the door for the acquisition of a veteran forward. The aim is to inject battle-hardened experience into Chelsea’s forward line.
Chelsea, despite having a history of prolific strikers and midfielders, has seen only Diego Costa reach the 20-goal mark in a Premier League season for the club in the last 13 seasons.
Costa achieved this feat in the 2014/15 and 2016/17 seasons. With ample time on the training ground, manager Pochettino has the opportunity to work on getting the current group of forwards to click. Chelsea’s next match is in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Middlesbrough, scheduled for next Tuesday.