Sky Pundit Graeme Souness believes that Chelsea need to break the bank on a quality striker in the summer to mount a serious title challenge next season.
Speaking on Sky after the Blues’ crushing 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, Souness said :
“I’ve said all year, I don’t think Chelsea are far away,
“Imagine [Didier] Drogba today in that team, or even [Diego] Costa in that team today.
“It’s a very different Chelsea, you’d have that focal point, someone that will take the centre-backs on physically.
“When Higuain came on, and I’ve been a fan of Higuain throughout his career, but he is 31 now and he was playing off the two centre-backs.
“But I still think there is a lot to be admired about Chelsea.
“I thought they turned up today but without the obvious, which is the hardest thing to get in football, the man that puts the ball in the net, a man you can bounce the ball off, a man who can join in, and that’s why you have to pay the big bucks.
“Now the problem for Chelsea going forward, the owner would appear to be disinterested in it now, he’ll feel he’s been let down by our government, no longer would appear to want to invest the big bucks anymore and that’s the problem for Chelsea going forward.
“But I still think there is a lot to like about Chelsea, the way they move the ball, got some good players. I don’t feel they’re that far away.
“But, at the start of the season they had Morata who wasn’t good enough, Giroud is still there who doesn’t do enough for me and obviously the manager saw it that way.
“They’ve got Higuain and again at 31 will he be that answer for them?
“It just depends how much interest the owner has and how much investment the owner makes.
“There’s not a lot wrong with Chelsea for me.”