Maurizio Sarri told Chelsea FC need key signing in January

The Chelsea FC manager needs to sign a proven striker in January, former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas says

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Chelsea FC need to sign a proven goal-scorer in the January transfer window, Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has advised Blues manager Maurizio Sarri.

The west London outfit have made an encouraging start to the Premier League season after Sarri replaced his compatriot Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Chelsea FC signed four players in the summer transfer window as Sarri replaced Thibaut Courtois with Spanish goalkeeper Kepa and added more depth to his midfield with the arrivals of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

While the new Blues manager has improved his defenced and reinforced his options in the middle of the park, Chelsea FC are reliant on Eden Hazard to score goals in the team.

Indeed, Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have both struggled up front despite Chelsea FC making an unbeaten start to the Premier League season following six victories and two stalemates,

While Giroud hasn’t scored a goal this season, the World Cup winner has made four assists to play a creative role in the team. Morata, on the other hand, has netted two Premier League goals to rebuild his fractured confidence at Stamford Bridge.

Former Arsenal playmaker Nicholas doesn’t believe Giroud and Morata can be relied upon to score the goals required to fire the Blues to title glory in Sarri’s first season.

“Chelsea need a goalscorer,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“Morata and Giroud don’t look like the types to score 20-plus goals so they need someone to pick up the slack when Hazard’s goals dry up when he’s being blocked off every week by the opposition. The defence is also a question mark.”

Chelsea FC were 3-0 winners against Southampton in their last Premier League game before the international break after Hazard scored his seventh goal in eight top flight outings.

The Blues will welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge upon the return of the Premier League following the international break.

Chelsea FC have only lost one of their last 16 home games against Manchester United, while Jose Mourinho has suffered defeat in his three games at Stamford Bridge since taking over the reins of Manchester United.

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