Dennis Wise explains why 29-year-old striker isn’t the answer for Chelsea FC

The Chelsea FC legend doesn't want the Blues to sign Andy Carroll in the January transfer window

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Dennis Wise believes West Ham striker Andy Carroll isn’t the right fit for Chelsea FC.

The England international has been named as a surprise target for the defending Premier League champions this month.

The 29-year-old has experience of playing at a top club following his £35m move to Liverpool FC in the 2011 January transfer window.

Carroll moved to West Ham following a difficult 24-month spell at Anfield but his Hammers career has largely been ravaged by persistent injury problems.

The England centre-forward has only scored 32 times in 132 games in all competitions during six seasons at Stamford Bridge.

During the same spell, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has netted 76 times in 219 games to set a good standard for English strikers.

Alternatively, Harry Kane has established himself as the Three Lions’ premium goal-scorer after netting 123 goals in 197 appearances in the last six seasons since breaking into the Spurs team.

Former Chelsea midfielder Wise believes Carroll isn’t the right type of striker to solve the west London side’s lack of options up front.

Asked if Carroll is the answer to Conte’s striker crisis, Wise told Sky Sports:

“He is a handful on his day. But no, I don’t think he is [the answer for Chelsea]. The reason is he doesn’t play enough games, he has a lot of injuries, he is 29 and he doesn’t get enough goals. Looking at it from that point of view, no.”

Chelsea have relied heavily upon summer signing Alvaro Morata in the 2017-18 season so far after the Blues signed the Spain international in a £58m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid.

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