Date:27th September 2022 at 8:00pm
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Chelsea are not likely to make a new central striker a priority signing in the January transfer window, but may prioritise the signing of a winger instead.

What’s the word?

That is according to the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano, who has informed CaughtOffside of his belief that Chelsea will refrain from the signing of a central striker, ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.

Taking to his exclusive column with CaughtOffside, Romano said: “I’ve had a few comments here from Chelsea fans wanting a new striker. After such a busy summer, it seems Blues supporters are still hoping for even more changes.

“Of course, with a new manager and hopefully soon a new sporting director coming in, it wouldn’t be too surprising, but I’m not sure they’ll make signings up front a priority right now.

“They signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Deadline Day … so honestly I think it could be about the wingers more than central strikers in January, as they also have Armando Broja, an excellent young player.

“But Chelsea haven’t made any decision yet, it will be during the World Cup and not now, as they’re still waiting for a new director after the crazy Christoph Freund story.”

Potter will be pleased

Everything that Romano stated in his update, Graham Potter would have already known.

After making over £250million worth of signings over the summer, Chelsea will expect Potter to work with what he’s got, with the potential for an additional winger signing in the winter transfer window, which he will likely be pleased with.

Ironically, signing a winger over a striker could turn out to be a much more productive move for the side, with chance creation lacking so far this season, although this is of course not Potter’s fault, having been hired when the damage was already done.

Having created just eight big chances in the Premier League this season, their lack of goals is down to this lack of creative ability in the side, and not solely down to a lack of end product in front of goal.

A new signing in January could fix this issue, but truthfully, Potter will fancy himself to turn around Chelsea’s fortunes by making use of his tactical nous.