Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has made it clear he is looking to strengthen his squad, but, only if it means the additions strengthen the group. It is clear he is looking at strengthening his attacking options and is looking at Moussa Dembele. The Lyon striker is the ideal man that Lampard sees as a strong competitor to Tammy Abraham in the striker department.
However, the forward line won’t be the only area Lampard is looking to strengthen following the transfer ban being lifted by the court of arbitration last month. But, it seems Lampard is wasting no time in January and wants a striker through the door. He has been a long-term admirer of the 23-year-old since he was at Celtic and has shown promising signs since his transfer to French side Lyon in the summer of 2018. This season, Dembele has scored 13 goals and managed one assist, which are very good numbers considering the position Lyon is in Ligue 1.
The transfer comes down to whether or not Lyon are prepared to sell the young French striker, and have already indicated they have no interest in selling their frontman this month.
He has many attributes to become a solid striker in the future, especially at Chelsea. But, the question is, is he any good? Here is what the 23-year-old would bring.
He never stands still in the box and doesn’t shy away from defensive tackles. His movement to find space behind the defence is second to none and he is able to pull the opposition’s centre-half’s out of position in order for other attacking players to exploit the space. Although his movement is similar to Abraham’s, Lampard needs a solid back-up to the England international. Dembele is the answer, where the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud have failed to do so this season.
All quality strikers are alert in the box. Following the Nottingham Forest game in the FA Cup, it showed that Batshyuai isn’t quick enough to get on the end of crosses. If you put the ball into the box, Dembele is intelligent enough to find the space between defenders and meet the oncoming cross.
Chelsea defender Reece James has an expert delivery from the right-hand side and will be the clubs future right-back for many years to come. On most occasions, he will find his striker who will be scoring for fun, whether that is Abraham or Dembele in the XI.
As a lone striker, you need to be aware of the opposition’s defensive line and which key areas can be exploited. Dembele has an eye for that in abundance, and most of his goals for Lyon this season have come from the opponent pressing high up the pitch where Dembele has the speed and movement to latch onto through balls.
Another element that would be ideal for Chelsea in matches where the opponents press high up the pitch in need of a goal. The likes of Matteo Kovacic and Jorginho can be precise with their passes through to the striker in order to start attacks more efficiently.
He is still young and has a long way to develop. Dembele is good with both feet, good ability on the ball and has the presence of former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba with his strong physique.
However, if Chelsea are fully convinced that the Lyon striker will provide strong competition with Abraham then it is a transfer that needs to be done in January. With the futures still unclear on Batshuayi and Giroud, the club must act as soon as possible if they are to get a suitable replacement in.
German striker Timo Werner is another name being mentioned that the Blues could potentially sign, but a deal this month looks unlikely. His current club RB Leipzig are still in the Champions League knock out stages and lead the Bundesliga. However, as most Chelsea fans would agree, it is time to be active in the transfer window and spend the money wisely on quality players and Dembele fits that category.