Some Chelsea fans are already looking for Erling Haaland alternatives.
The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer, although it would take an offer of £150m for Borussia Dortmund to even contemplate selling.
Despite winning the Champions League as well as reaching the FA Cup final, Chelsea did struggle for goals last season with Timo Werner their highest scorer with 12 across all competitions.
Whereas Haaland netted 41 goals in as many appearances for Dortmund, which suggests with the right service he could turn the Blues into genuine Premier League title contenders next season.
With that said, there’s a theory that Chelsea shouldn’t splash the cash on Haaland this summer and instead stick with Kai Havertz – a £71m signing last summer – as the central striker.
On Reddit, u/Adamsandlerrex opened a discussion by stating: “Unpopular Opinion: I’d rather stick with Havertz as a striker than to pour 175 million on Haaland.”
To which some Chelsea fans agreed.
aannoonn5678 said: “How do you beat the Curse of the Chelsea #9? Play with a false 9… the football gods will be confused and won’t know who to curse. Bingo bango bongo, treble incoming.”
GOT112 said: “Also Haaland’s not exactly shown himself to be the most aggressive presser, which is quite clearly how we want to play without the ball.”
Jesus_Would_Do said: “I’m sure Tuchel would implement that if we were to get him. But 175M is ridiculous, not worth his agent rinsing us.”
Although others disagreed.
Roddaculous said: “Normally I would agree with you however Haaland appears to be one of those otherworldly players. If we don’t get him then someone else will and he’ll score lots of goals against us.”
ViennaLager said: “Its 100% worth it as long as he is not a flop. If he gives us 5 seasons of golden boot candidate we will be able to sell him with profit.”
skybluecooper said: “You’re missing the fact that Haaland is the best striker in the world and looks like he has potential to get to Messi level.”
Interestingly, Havertz has already admitted that he is beginning to enjoy playing as a false nine.
Speaking ahead of scoring the winning goal in last season’s Champions League final, the Germany international made an admission that could end up saving Chelsea millions this summer.
“I would call it maybe a false nine,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m not the big guy in the middle like some strikers. I play the position a little bit different.
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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“That’s why it’s good we have a lot of quality players up front next to me, and it’s always easy to play with them.
“For me it’s a good position and I like it. I feel very comfortable there.
“I always like to go into the spaces and get the ball there and I like to play up front near to the goal, that’s also very good for me, so all in all I think I like the position and it suits me.”
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