Chelsea ‘may wait until the summer’ as duo impact Pochettino transfer plans

What has gone wrong at Chelsea after billion-pound transfer spree?

Chelsea could be willing to wait until the summer to strengthen their squad as Mauricio Pochettino may be prepared to change his transfer plans in January. The Blues are expected to spend big again in the winter transfer window despite splashing out over £1billion on transfers since Todd Boehly’s takeover 18 months ago, but the Argentinian could hit pause on his efforts to recruit new signings midway through the season.

The west London club have made a significant improvement in recent weeks after a poor start to the season, with morale-boosting results against Tottenham and Manchester City potentially turning around their season.

Those performances that have reportedly caused Pochettino to think twice about his pursuit of a new striker in January.

Chelsea spent £32m to sign Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal in July and, after a slow start to life in the Premier League, the Senegalese has made gradual strides to improve his efficiency in front of goal. He has scored four goals in his last two matches – including a hat-trick against Tottenham – after notching just twice in his previous seven appearances.

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The impact of Armando Broja has also not gone unnoticed, with the Albania striker scoring against Fulham earlier this season and coming off the bench to win a penalty in the 4-4 draw with Manchester City.

Pochettino still has £60m signing Christopher Nkunku to come back from injury too, with the Frenchman awaiting his competitive debut after undergoing minor knee surgery in August. But Nkunku is more likely to move into the No 10 role or rotate with Raheem Sterling on the left, leaving Jackson and Broja as Chelsea’s main strikers.

According to journalist Ben Jacobs, speaking to Give Me Sport, Chelsea will sign a striker eventually, but the form of Jackson and Broja could convince the club to delay their move until the summer. The expected return of Nkunku to action has also impacted their thinking, although they could be convinced to move in January if the ‘right opportunity presents itself’.

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It is believed Chelsea will carefully analyse which striker will fit their squad’s profile after watching several big-money signings flop at Stamford Bridge.

The club loaned out Romelu Lukaku just 10 months after his club-record £97.5million switch from Inter Milan and sold Timo Werner back to RB Leipzig for a £22.5m loss just 18 months after capturing the German, who scored 11 goals in 55 Premier League games.

Strikers such as Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins have been linked with moves in January, while 20-year-old sensation Benjamin Sesko and Napoli frontman Victor Osimhen represent more expensive targets.

But it looks as though Chelsea will try to make do with their current options unless one of those four players becomes available for transfer.

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