Former Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge has urged Chelsea to sign a striker this summer if they hold any aspirations of cutting the gap to Manchester City.
Despite lifting the Champions League trophy with a 1-0 win against Pep Guardiola’s men, there was still a considerable gap between the two teams domestically, with Chelsea finishing 19 points behind the Citizens in the Premier League.
A huge reason behind that was a lack of a consistent goalscorer, with Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner only notching 12 strikes each in all competitions.
For that reason, Bridge, who made 142 appearances in his time at Stamford Bridge, has suggested that Thomas Tuchel should prioritise the signing of a striker in the transfer window.
Talking to BettingExpert.com, he said: “It’s a bit of a no-brainer: an out-and-out goal scorer. I keep saying Timo’s [Werner] going to become good and I predicted him to score a few goals at the Euros, but it has just not clicked for him so far.
“He’s shown glimpses and done well in games particularly with assists – but he’s not scoring goals, which is what he was signed to do. There’s been talk of [Erling] Haaland and [Harry] Kane. I’d love to see Kane at Chelsea but whether that’ll ever happen I’m not sure.
“There might be a few options for them but for me it’s figuring out who we can get and who’s going to be an out-and-out goal scorer.”
The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can look to build on European glory and bolster the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.
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Of the top ten teams in the Premier League last season, just two of those failed to outscore Chelsea – Everton and Arsenal.
Bridge believes that finding a consistent striker could see Tuchel’s men rival Manchester City at the top of the table.
“It will be tough to match the heights,” he continued. “[Thomas] Tuchel has come in and done so well, but it’s still a work in progress. I definitely think they’ve got to buy a goal scorer if they are going to challenge, and City were immense this season.”