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Chelsea to explore Saudi Pro League for striking options

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Chelsea are on a run of form at the moment, despite the loss to Middlesbrough in the league cup.

Whilst thing’s may be looking good right now, with the blues sat in the top-half of the table and rising, more improvements are required to maintain momentum.

Despite nearly equaling the win tally of last season with 17 games remaining, the blues are still struggling to get goals.

Cole Palmer’s penalty saw Chelsea get all 3 points against Fulham at the weekend, furthering his top scorer status at the club.

However, even with 9 goals in the league, 5 of those come from the spot and a regular scorer outside of the 21-year-old seems to be missing.

With key players like Christopher Nkunku absent through injury and others such as Nicolas Jackson away with international duty, the winter break will allow the blues a chance to see if additions to the squad are necessary.

“We need to give some rest to the players and the staff because it is a really busy period now and they need to breathe a little bit. This break is very useful,” Pochettino said.

“I need to go to see my family [in Spain] and it is going to be good to have a little bit of a change. I won’t really be able to switch off — not with the chairman. I will need to be available 24 hours in case anything happens to be contacted by the sporting director or the owners. I know that something can always appear in football.”

“To be honest, I would prefer it if the phone did not ring. If it does not ring, it is much better for me.”

With striking woes aplenty at the club, the blues would absolutely prefer an alternative to spending the fee’s for the likes of Victor Osimhen, who has been linked several times with Chelsea.

However, with players appearing more and more unsettled in the Saudi league as of late, a move in that direction might be one to consider.

Matt Law reports via The Telegraph: “Taking a risk on a striker who has been prolific in Portugal or Holland 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.”

He continues: “Pochettino stressed he had not communicated a desire to sign a striker and his preference for his phone not to ring may point towards a desire for Chelsea not to repeat past mistakes and allow themselves to be panicked into an unsuitable deal.”

With important games in the league, against Liverpool, and a semi-final second leg against Middlesbrough before a visit from Aston Villa in the FA Cup, perhaps these are options to consider given the scenario Chelsea find themselves in.

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