Chelsea given ‘next Drogba’ transfer instruction amid Nkunku injury update
Shaun Wright-Phillips believes that Chelsea must sign a ‘no-nonsense striker’ similar to Didier Drogba in order to compete with Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham. Speaking to the Express, via BetWay Sports Betting, the former Blues winger said: “You can see that whatever Pochettino is doing at the moment is working, it’s just about putting the ball in the back of the net.
“I think if Nicolas Jackson scores that chance (late opportunity vs Arsenal) the game is over, but he tries to go round the goalkeeper and that’s another thing with the confidence, they might need a striker – a no-nonsense striker.
“You can say a [Erling] Haaland or [Julian] Alvarez or [Darwin] Nunez or Son [Heung-min], players who don’t care how the ball goes in the goal. It doesn’t need to look nice, it just needs to hit the back of the net. They miss a Drogba-like player, just to put the ball in the goal.”
Christopher Nkunku has issued a major update on his injury as he closes in on a long-awaited Chelsea debut. The 25-year-old forward, who joined the Blues from RB Leipzig in the summer for around £52million, was dealt a hefty blow to his knee during a pre-season clash against Borussia Dortmund in the United States.
He has recently stepped up his rehabilitation, but it’s believed that Nkunku is still some way off from making his competitive debut. Earlier this month, the France international revealed that he returned to the gym, lifting weights alongside some occasional ball work.
Nkunku has also been in the swimming pool while also undergoing regular a medical tests on his knee. Now, he’s taken his rehab to the next level, completing various resistance exercises. Promising signs to say the least.
Palmer could save Chelsea millions
Cole Palmer could save Chelsea millions in the upcoming transfer window following his impressive performance against Arsenal at the weekend. In an interview with the official club website after the game, the 21-year-old said: “I found out the day before I was going to be playing as a false nine, sort of in the right pocket.
“I spoke to the manager, he told me what he wanted from me, and I believed I could do it because I’ve played there before. So I just tried to get in the pockets, turn and play well.”
Then, on how he managed to help break Arsenal down, Palmer added: “We just tried to drop down, bring them high so we could play in behind if they went man-for-man. But we did struggle to play out a bit. We both did, I think we cancelled each other out quite well. It was a good game and we could have come away with three points.”