Why Chelsea fans should exercise caution regarding links to two former world-class strikers

Chelsea fans should exercise caution regarding links to two former world-class strikers

There’s no denying that Matt Law, the Daily Telegraph’s Chelsea correspondent, is well connected at the club.

But he’s as much prone to speculation as anyone, and fans should be careful not to confuse his opinions with those of his sources.

Today, for example, his piece is all about Chelsea’s January window and their desire to find a goalscorer. He covers all the usual bases – why Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney are unrealistic options, why a young import from Portugal or Holland is risky, and then speculates that a short term deal for a veteran might be the answer:

“Taking a risk on a striker… is unlikely to yield instant results, which perhaps leaves Chelsea having to consider the possibility of trying to find a short-term loan option from Saudi Arabia in the form of Roberto Firmino or even Karim Benzema,” Law wrote today.

So while the Benzema links did preexist this story, the Firmino mention is pure speculation. We’re not particularly convinced by either, given the players are on huge wages and would take Chelsea in the total opposite direction to the way they’ve been going in terms of making the squad younger and lowering the wage bill.

 

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