Former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin has claimed that manager Maurizio Sarri will have to sign a new striker either in January or next summer.

The former Napoli boss has had an impressive start to his first Premier League season since he took over from Antonio Conte in the summer.

The Blues are unbeaten side so far this season after 12 league games but his strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have both scored five goals.

Belgium international Eden Hazard has helped the West London side as the playmaker has scored seven goals and provided four assists in the Premier League.

Therefore, Chelsea legend Nevin insists Sarri will sign a new striker either in January or next summer.

“It’s not the end of the road for Morata or Giroud,” Nevin told West London Sport.

“I do expect a new centre-forward by next season.”

“But having three strikers is not beyond the realms of possibility. Football is not all about statistics.”

“Mateo Kovacic plays in this Chelsea system when Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley both score more goals. It’s a team game.”

“And Giroud did not score at the World Cup and France won it. Chelsea have not been doing too bad, having not lost a game.”

“Every centre-forward wants to get the ball in early before he is marked.”

“But after 140 passes before the ball arrives, losing your marker is not going to happen if he has been looking at you for two minutes.”

“It’s not impossible, but it’s much more difficult. Certain styles aren’t perfect for certain players.”

“The system does not need a target man. It needs an aggressive, skilful player who is a natural goalscorer.”

“But the complete package, like a Sergio Aguero or Luis Suarez, is not easy to come by.”

Maurizio Sarri men are travelling to the Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening to face Tottenham in their Premier League London derby.

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