Nev on Chelsea’s ‘desperate’, ‘random’ striker search

Date published: Monday 22nd January 2018 11:01

Gary Neville has questioned Chelsea’s “desperate” and “random” search for a striker.

The Blues have been linked with a raft of target men this month, including Peter CrouchAshley BarnesEdin Dzeko and Andy Carroll.

Eden Hazard has dismissed the need for any such striker, suggesting that if Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi are unavailable, he can fill in.

Neville echoes those sentiments.

“Chelsea seem to be hell-bent on getting anybody that’s over 6ft 3in and a target man,” he told the Gary Neville podcast.

“There is no doubt that Conte likes a target man. Graziano Pelle was a big favourite of Conte’s when he was in charge of Italy so he does like someone up front who is a presence. But, are they really that desperate to have somebody for the last three months of the season?

“I don’t see it personally. I think Chelsea are having a good season

“People will say they are not reaching the heights of last season but my view would be that for managers at Chelsea, the season post winning the title is not easy and Conte is doing very well this season to keep the team and the momentum going.

“So I’m not quite sure why they are so hell-bent on getting a big striker. I know Conte does like a target man but I’m not sure why they are so desperate.

“It just seems a little random. Everybody on social media, in particular, feels it’s a little bit random.”

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