'I know': Journalist says there's a signing some at Chelsea want to make more than a new striker

A section of people within Chelsea would prefer to scout the next Cesc Fabregas instead of another centre-forward, according to Matt Law.

Speaking on the London is Blue Podcast, Law suggested that certain associates within the Stamford Bridge walls are keen on bringing in a creative midfielder over a sensational striker.

The Telegraph’s Football News Correspondent said: “I know some people around Chelsea that have spoken to be around this, who say that they feel Chelsea don’t actually need a striker.

“What they need is to find a Cesc Fabregas and that’s how the goals will be unlocked.”

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Fabregas infamously featured for Chelsea across a successful five-year spell, having signed from Barcelona in 2014.

He was pivotal to winning two Premier League titles, under Jose Mourinho then Antonio Conte, and played his part in the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League triumphs.

In 198 appearances, the silky Spaniard made 57 assists, claiming 24 in one season alone.

Very few in Chelsea blue have come close to showing this ingenuity, especially from midfield positions.

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A lot is being made about Thomas Tuchel’s need for another attacking option to led his front line.

But perhaps the problem does with the players paid to set up the goals.

Kai Havertz is on eight assists for the campaign, Mason Mount seven. Next is Callum Hudson-Odoi on five, then Hakim Ziyech on four.

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Of course, they may have created more chances that simply weren’t finished.

However, these numbers do suggest that a Fabregas-type would be beneficial to this current Chelsea crop.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.