Owen Hargreaves gives reasons for not to miss out on two key transfers

Owen Hargreaves has warned Chelsea they face another ‘tricky season’ if they fail to sign a new goalkeeper and striker this summer.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side made it three consecutive wins in the Premier League for the first time this season with their 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Nicolas Jackson scored his 14th goal in the Premier League this term to secure the three points for Chelsea as he got on the end of an excellent cross from Reece James, who made his first appearance since December.

Jackson has faced criticism for his inconsistency this season and Hargreaves believes Chelsea need to ease the burden on the 22-year-old by bringing a new striker to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.

Hargreaves also feels Chelsea will need to upgrade for Robert Sanchez and Djordje Petrovic, who has started every Premier League game for Pochettino’s side since December 10.

‘They’re probably delighted to get Reece James back,’ Hargreaves told Premier League Productions after Chelsea’s win over Forest.

‘He’s such a talented player, probably could be one of the best right-backs in the world but they’ve got to find a way to keep him fit.

‘I think if they can work on finding a centre-forward in the summer, sort out the goalkeeping position, they’ve got some amazing young talents there, it would be really interesting to see what Chelsea do next season because I honestly don’t have a clue how they’re going to play.

‘Don’t spend money – just get a goalkeeper, get a striker.

‘Find some leaders within the group, they’re almost all at the same age, at the same point in their career, I don’t think that’s a good thing.

‘I think when you’re a team and you’re young and you’re struggling, you need reference points. You need leaders and I don’t think they have that outside Thiago Silva.

‘Right now they’re in great form, that’s good but I think they could have another tricky season next season if they don’t address key positions.’

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