By Noel Whelan

10th Aug, 2022 | 7:00am

Chelsea told to match Liverpool after new striker signing twist - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted Chelsea must move for a “20-goal a season striker” if they are to compete with Liverpool and Man City this season.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Blues are “missing a trick” after the two title challengers added Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez to their ranks.

Chelsea lined up against Everton on Saturday (6 August) with new signing Raheem Sterling leading the line – but it was a Jorginho penalty which handed the Blues a slender 1-0 victory despite their domination.

According to Telegraph journalist Matt Law (4 August), Chelsea are interested in bringing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to the Premier League this summer – with the striker keen on a potential move.

Romelu Lukaku has already left Stamford Bridge to return to Inter Milan on a season-long loan, while Timo Werner is reportedly on the verge of rejoining RB Leipzig permanently.

When asked if Chelsea need a direct replacement for the Belgian, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think they do.

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“That’s the one thing they’re missing. Some of the balls that were played in against Everton – I think if you’ve got a natural number nine, you’re finishing that game three goals up.

“They’re missing a focal point. They’ve got great width but they’ve got to be looking.

“If they can’t get one in, they could be missing a trick – especially when you look at the success Liverpool and Man City are having.

“If they’re going to be up there challenging this season, they’ve got to go out and do what those top clubs have done and get a 20-goal a season striker.”

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