With reports suggesting that Belgian Michy Batshuayi is injured and could be sidelined for some weeks, Premier League Champions Chelsea only have one fit forward for this weekend’s encounter.
The Belgium international forward has been performing below expectation for the London club since joining from French Ligue 1 side Marseille so his absence will hardly anger Chelsea fans. Having said that, one striker available for a title-chasing side is not ideal.
The Premier League Champions have managed to get by in recent seasons with Spaniard Diego Costa as the leading striker but the English Premier League is getting tougher by the day.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have Argentine Sergio Aguero and Brazilian Gabriel Jesus upfront and can also rely on goals from the middle via midfielders like Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, and Belgian Kevin De Bruyne.
Jose Murinho’s Manchester United have Belgian Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and the soon to return Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Even Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette, Chilean Alexis Sanchez and Frenchman Olivier Giroud to call upon in attack.
Meanwhile, the Blues have just Spaniard Alvaro Morata and Belgian Michy Batshuayi – and the Belgium international is not good enough.
Chelsea have, recently been linked with the securing the services of Italian Ciro Immobile from Lazio.
Antonio Conte’s team now reportedly thinks they can bring him to the club in January but may have to cough out £100 million for the Argentine.