Change on Thursday deadline A number of transactions were finalized on that day, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s switch from Barcelona to Chelsea may have had the highest public prominence.

It was no secret that Chelsea needed a new talisman after letting Romelu Lukaku to return to Inter Milan on loan and Timo Werner to return to RB Leipzig. Despite it being touch and go as the transfer window ticked down, the Blues, led by new owner Todd Boehly, ultimately secured their man.

The former captain of Arsenal, a Gabonese forward named Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was obviously thrilled to sign a two-year contract and return to London and the Premier League.

Stan Collymore, a former Liverpool player, said: “A lot of the debates and punditry have centered on his age, but he’ll score goals. He will score goals if you place the ball in front of him.

“HE WILL ADORE LIVING THE HIGH LIFE IN LONDON, SO THERE ARE NO ISSUES FROM THAT STANDPOINT. WHAT DRAWBACKS ARE THERE?
“HE’LL SCORE GOALS, HE’S A FIT YOUNG MAN, SO THAT’S A PLUS. I’M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT HIS PHYSICAL CONDITION. NATURALLY, HE IS VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE MANAGER BECAUSE HE HAS ALREADY WORKED WITH [THOMAS] TUCHEL.

“[…] THE NEGATIVE ISN’T HIS AGE, OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT HE WON’T LIKELY BE AROUND FOR MORE THAN 12 TO 18 MONTHS OR TWO YEARS AT MOST. THAT’S OKAY, THOUGH, BECAUSE CHELSEA HAS THE RESOURCES AND SCOUTING NETWORK TO GO AND SPEND AN ADDITIONAL £80 TO £90 MILLION ON A STRIKER IN THE FUTURE, IF THEY CHOOSE TO.”

“A lot of the arguments have been about his age, but he’ll score goals”

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