Antonio Conte urged to make key Chelsea signing to help Alvaro Morata

Chelsea and England legend Ray Wilkins insists Chelsea need another striker to help Alvaro Morata

By Dan Betts
Alvaro Morata with Chelsea team-mate Pedro Photo: Alvaro Morata/Instagram

Ray Wilkins believes Chelsea need to sign another top striker in January to help ease the workload on summer addition Alvaro Morata.

Wilkins, a former Chelsea Assistant Manager in the Premier League, has no confidence in Michy Batshuayi, and thinks if youth isn’t the answer, then a stellar striker signing could help.

This summer saw Chelsea lose striking prodigy Dominic Solanke to Liverpool, while the title holders loaned out Tammy Abraham to Swansea for the season, where the young striker has led the line superbly.

Batshuayi has been mostly on the bench in his Chelsea career, but has scored some important goals in his stop-start time at Stamford Bridge.

This season saw the Belgian striker score an added-time winner against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and he bagged his first treble in the 5-1 demolition of Nottingham Forest in the League Cup in September this year.

He scored arguably one of the most important goals in Chelsea’s recent history last season, bagging a late winner in a tight game against West Brom that clinched Chelsea the title.

Wilkins said of Chelsea’s attack to SportingBet:

“I think they need another striker of quality. Batshuayi is not my cup of tea.

“I’d have had Abraham or Solanke on the bench instead. I would put Hazard up alongside Morata and go for it.

“They would give teams absolute hell. If you release Hazard of all defensive duty, he will cause havoc in the opposition half.”

Chelsea are chasing both the Manchester teams in the Premier League title race this season as they seek to defend their title.

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