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Chelsea are a clinical striker away from challenging for the Premier League title, claims Gabriel Agbonlahor. The former Aston Villa captain does not think Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the answer for Graham Potter up front.
Aubameyang was signed by Chelsea on transfer deadline day in the summer. However, the link up with his former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel was short lived after the German was sacked and replaced by Potter.
Aubameyang has been a regular starter under Potter and has three goals to his name in a Blues shirt. But he failed to get on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s Champions League tie away at Red Bull Salzburg despite having a number of opportunities.
Chelsea won the game 2-1 but it would have been more comfortable had Aubameyang been more clinical and Agbonlahor says that is the missing link in the current team. He said on talkSPORT: “The only missing part for Chelsea I thought was Aubameyang’s finishing.
Graham Potter reviews Chelsea's win against Salzburg
“I felt the one where they had about 15 passes and it got placed across to him from [Kai] Havertz, I feel like a sharp striker takes the right touch and dinks the keeper there, finishes if. Maybe that’s what Chelsea are missing to go for the title.”
Havertz scored a superb winner in the second half to confirm top spot for Chelsea in Group E. Agbonlahor says no team will want to play the two-time winners in the knockout stage.
He added: “But, the way they’re playing, you wouldn’t want to get them in the knockout stage of the Champions League because they’re playing some good football.
“They got a chance to rotate players, Mason Mount on the bench. So they’re looking very good and Havertz, he’s starting to score these screamers.”
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Havertz has often played as a striker during his first couple of seasons at Chelsea and Potter was full of praise for the German after the match. He said: “[The goal] was amazing. It makes my job a lot easier when they can do that!
“Great for him and I am really pleased. He has been fighting and trying his best, for him to score that and help us through is fantastic.
“His quality is there, he’s an incredibly talented player. He’s been nearly there. Scoring a goal like that is bound to help. I wouldn’t know, I couldn’t score a goal like that, but it’s a fantastic strike and an indication of the quality he has.”
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