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Opinion: Chelsea’s January striker pursuit will depend on 3 things

Chelsea have been linked with new strikers a lot over the last couple of months, ahead of a possible January move to sign a new one.

We are hearing names such as Victor Osimhen of Napoli and Ivan Toney of Brentford, amongst others, and it looks like Chelsea definitely have their sights set on bringing in a new number 9 in 2024.

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But whether that happens in January or in the summer rests on three main things in my opinion.

  1. How Chelsea perform between now and January

    I think if Chelsea continue playing well and getting results like they did against Manchester City and Tottenham in the last two games, then I don’t think anyone will really be mentioning a potential new striker in January and most will be happy to wait and address it in the summer.
  2. Whether Nicolas Jackson keeps scoring and Armando Broja performs

Broja had a setback with his injury and has barely played this season, but he did come on and make an impact against City on Sunday.

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Nicolas Jackson had been misfiring but after his hat-trick against Spurs and another goal against City, the goals have come. But signing a new striker in January will depend on whether he can keep scoring or not, and whether Broja can step up.

3.How Christopher Nkunku returns

Don’t forget, Nkunku can play as a striker, anywhere across the front three, or as a number 10. So if he comes back from injury, plays really well, scores and creates, then again, I don’t think anyone will mention Chelsea needing a new goalscorer.

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Of course, it wont solely depend on these three things above, it will also depend on opportunities and if they arise.

Chelsea won’t panic buy a striker but if an elite one is available in January, then maybe they will feel that they simply have to go and sign them. Or at least do a pre-deal to sign one. If there are no top strikers available in January, then they might need to wait regardless.

So again, there are many elements to this, and I think it will be heavily dependent on the above.

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