In winning the Champions League with the squad Chelsea have at their disposal right now, Thomas Tuchel achieved one of the great managerial feats of the modern era, yet whilst a lot of his players are improving and are set to reach the world-class level, the Blues need to build on this triumph and sign a goalscorer.
Timo Werner has been an interesting signing for Chelsea, with it difficult to make a judgement on him at this point.
He doesn’t score anywhere near enough, with his return of six Premier League goals hardly outstanding, yet then you look at his overall contributions and it’s difficult to envisage Chelsea having won the Champions League without his forward runs and hold-up play.
With that being said, whilst winning the Champions League is the hardest tournament to win, ironically Chelsea won’t actually be able to dethrone Manchester City and take back the English crown playing in the same way.
They will need a goalscorer to finish chances off and punish the smaller teams which will focus on defending first, and it may be prudent to utilise Werner in a wider role to continue to stetch teams with efficient passing but then have someone in the box to finish chances off.
Kai Havertz scored a fine winning goal in Saturday’s final, but he hasn’t been outstanding either. His goal return hasn’t been good enough, although it wouldn’t be impossible to make a case for him being given more games as a centre-forward next season.
If, and it’s a big if after last summer’s expenditure, Chelsea decide to go into the market for a goalscorer in the summer, just who could they realistically target?
Inter’s delicate financial position requires them to sell one of their star players, and whilst all rumours are that it will be Achraf Hakimi who departs, you can’t rule out Romelu Lukaku returning to England.
Antonio Conte was desperate to bring him back to Chelsea during his time at Stamford Bridge but the club didn’t pursue a deal, allowing Manchester United to move in under the radar and complete an expensive signing which didn’t work out at all.
With Conte having left his role as Inter coach and Lukaku having won the Scudetto, he may feel like perhaps it is time to return to England and finally fulfil his dream of playing for Chelsea.
He scores goals when chances are made for him, and that is exactly what will happen at Chelsea. The technical side of his game has vastly improved in Italy, too.
When you look at how expensive guaranteed goalscorers are, Lukaku’s availability might just take Chelsea’s interest.
He wouldn’t cost as much as Erling Haaland and Inter may be forced to sell if Achraf doesn’t secure his own switch away.
Yes, this is a wildcard – a move for a player totally untested at Premier League level – but there is definite value to be found in the Championship.
Just look at the deal Aston Villa made to sign Ollie Watkins in the summer of 2020. Whilst it was costly at 28 million pounds, he is now worth double that for sure.
Toney has scored goals wherever he has played, and his developmental period at Peterborough United set him up perfectly to fulfil, and perhaps even exceed, his potential.
Brentford secured promotion on the back of his 31-goal haul this season, whilst he then scored two further goals in the play-offs.
Physically, Toney is impressive; he’s great in the air and knows exactly where the goal is. He’s quick across the ground and would easily fit into Chelsea’s style of play.
It may seem redundant, but a cost-effective alternative to Romelu Lukaku is certainly true of the English forward.
Is it a gamble taking a player who has never played in the Premier League? Yes, but the rewards may even outweigh the risk, especially if you look at how he seamlessly progressed from League One to the Championship.
A difficult season with AC Milan did real damage to Silva’s reputation, but he has since spent three subsequent loan deals doing nothing but score goals.
Sevilla saw him find the net nine times, then over the course of two seasons with Eintracht Frankfurt he has scored 40 Bundesliga goals.
Silva’s confidence has never been higher and at 25 years old he is rapidly approaching the prime of his career. The Portuguese forward is clever and able to sniff out chances, whilst crucially is technically gifted enough to link with Werner and Havertz.
His availability is also a positive for a potential buyer, with the player having signed a permanent deal with the Bundesliga club. He will likely fancy his chances at another shot at the very top level, and Eintracht will be able to turn a profit on a player who has served them very well.
The mere notion of this being written is sending shivers down all those on Seven Sisters Road, but the reality is that Tottenham Hotspur fans can’t totally rule out the chance their homegrown hero will leave to join their fierce rivals.
Whilst there are concerns about his speed, technique and injury record, Kane guarantees goals – and that’s all that many believe Chelsea to need.
He would be a perfect fit at Stamford Bridge this summer, especially with Thomas Tuchel’s style very similar to that of Mauricio Pochettino, which Kane found so positive to work within.
Transfer negotiations between the two clubs have been difficult in the past, with Chelsea still recoiling with horror at the memory of trying to prise Luka Modric out of Daniel Levy’s clutches.
However, this situation may be slightly different. There are no foreign suitors for Kane, at least ones with the funds to pull such a transfer off.
If Kane decides to make life really difficult for Levy and demand to leave or even refuse to join pre-season, Spurs will have no choice but to sell to a domestic rival.
In Tammy Abraham, there is also a player who could be offered a makeweight to keep FFP costs of the deal down.