Chelsea’s search for a target man may now be over with Roma striker Edin Dzeko being identified as Antonio Conte’s preferred option. The Bosnian was by no means the only “Big” name linked with the Blues this window with several Premier League strikers linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The Stoke City striker has been a fan favourite at the various clubs he’s been at during his career and has featured in the Champions League for both Liverpool and London rivals Tottenham. Standing at six feet seven inches tall, he certainly fits the bill for a tall target man, however critics have suggested that at 36 he is too old to have the desired effect at the top end of the Premier League.
Another former Liverpool striker on the list. Andy Carroll has somehow reignited his footballing career, after failing to live up to his price tag miserably at Anfield and suffering numerous injuries which forced the Newcastle born striker play a bit part role since joining the Hammers fully in 2013. Out of the potential options Carroll arguably brings the biggest areal threat to the party. The 29-year-old has scored more goals with his head than either of his feet during his Premier League career. The issue with Carroll comes with his injury record. Since joining the West Ham, the Englishman has been out injured for a total of 908 days, which is roughly two and a half years. When fit, Carroll is a force to be reckoned with, but whether he can stay injury free is another story.
One option fans have been asking for is Tammy Abraham who is out on loan at Swansea. The young England international has played well for the Welsh club, despite the side struggling for form and sitting rock bottom of the Premier League.
What must Tammy Abraham be thinking. Playing well in a terrible Swansea team, yet instead of giving him a chance Chelsea would rather spend £30m on 29yr old, always injured Andy Carroll who hasn’t scored 10 goals in a season since 2010.
— Sibs (@SibsMUFC) January 16, 2018
The Bosnian seems to be the man that Conte wants to get to challenge out of form and injured Alvaro Morata for a first team place. Dzeko has Premier League experience under his belt, he was at Manchester City before he moved to Roma in 2015. He also has a very good goal to game record for every major club he has been at, scoring a total of 29 goals in Serie A last season. The Bosnia and Herzevagina international will likely demand a larger fee than Crouch or Carroll, but most would say he is the better option. The major issue with the 31-year-old is the fact he is cup tied in Europe, so will not be able to play for Chelsea in the Champions League fixtures against Barcelona or beyond, if Chelsea get past the Catalan club.