Of course, it’s not for the want of trying to find a new talisman at Stamford Bridge. But the Blues are becoming infamous for their striker struggles, with big-money transfer Romelu Lukaku adding his name to the scrap pile of flopped attackers in west London after failing to adapt to life back in England having joined Chelsea for a second stint from Inter Milan for a whopping £100 million last summer.
The Belgian forward has already returned to the San Siro, sealing a loan move back to Inter after revealing his regrets about his departure from Milan numerous times in the press throughout last season, and Chelsea are left with Timo Werner — another player who has had his own personal struggles since arriving from RB Leipzig — and Armando Broja as their only strike options for the upcoming campaign.
Despite being left in the wake of Manchester City and Liverpool last season and becoming seemingly more unfavourable to win the title with sites like Betdaq, Chelsea appear to be in no rush to fix their attacking woes. It’s believed they had shown an interest in Bayern Munich’s wantaway striker Robert Lewandowski before he joined Barcelona, while they reportedly rejected the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
Their current interest in the market is focused elsewhere, with defenders Jules Koundé and Presnel Kimpembe top of their most wanted list as gaping holes have been left at the back by the departures of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen — while club captain César Azpilicueta could also join up with the latter at the Nou Camp.
Then there is the issue of Broja attracting a lot of interest this summer after an impressive loan spell at Southampton last summer. The Armenian international recently left Chelsea’s pre-season tour in the United States to return to London amid a £30m bid from West Ham United.
While Tuchel has since confirmed that his departure from the training camp was injury related and that he has no intentions to sell the 20-year-old in this window, if the German Champions League-winning manager can’t guarantee him game time, Broja could force a move away to one of the numerous interested parties — leaving Chelsea looking even thinner in attack.
Even if Broja is to stay and fight for his place in the team this year, there’s no guarantee that he will provide crucial goals for Chelsea when needed. He was often criticised for his performances in the second half of last season by Saints manager Ralph Hasenhüttl as he went on a 13-game goalless run between February and the end of the campaign.
There will be hope that Raheem Sterling can chip in with his fair share of goals though. The English winger was brought in from Manchester City for a reasonable £47.5m after falling out of favour under Pep Guardiola and his return of 13 goals and six assists in 30 Premier League games last season will be music to the ears of Chelsea fans.
It seems unlikely at this stage, with £85m already spent on Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly and even more pending for Koundé and Kimpembe, that new owner Todd Boehly will fork out the funds for a striker as well. The onus is going to be on the likes of Werner, Broja and Kai Havertz to produce, but the addition of Sterling should certainly help.