Moussa Dembele transfer would be ‘magnificent’ for Chelsea
Moussa Dembele would be a “magnificent signing” for Chelsea .
That is according to former Blues striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who has branded the Lyon hotshot a “killer” in front of goal.
Frank Lampard is ready to launch an offer for Dembele to beef up his attacking options amid speculation over potential departures for Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud.
Lyon are reluctant sellers and would demand in excess of £40m for Dembele’s signature.
But Hasselbaink, who scored 88 goals in 177 appearances for Chelsea, believes he is worth stumping up the cash for.
“Chelsea need to make new signings because you have to keep the rhythm going and just to get some kind of new blood coming through the door,” Hasselbaink told the Daily Mail .
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“It is always good when you make a signing. It gives everybody new energy, you know? Obviously Tammy Abraham is doing really well but he is the only one really who is doing really well. Batshuayi is not making a difference. Giroud, I think, he does not really fit in with their plans.
“They need to get a striker in. Moussa Dembele would be a magnificent signing for Chelsea.
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“I know Moussa quite well. I faced him when I was QPR manager, he played ever so well and killed my defence. He has developed himself extremely well. He went to Celtic and played at a big club where the atmosphere and the pressure is there of winning. You have to win every match.
“Having already tasted that and gone through that pressure, and if Chelsea buy him, he is familiar with that. When you are at Chelsea, you have to be able to handle the pressure of winning things and he has shown at Celtic he can do that.
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“More importantly, he is a killer. He is a goalscorer. He lives for goals. He scores goals in different ways, with his head, with his feet, left and right. He is quick, he is strong, he can still improve, he is still very young.
“Frank will improve him with Jody Morris, in his combination play, that can be better and improved. But what you can’t teach a player is being somewhere at the right time, and he has that a lot.
“Tammy has that as well, but at a big club you have to have a couple of strikers who are really good. You need competition.”
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Dembele impressed for Fulham and Celtic before earning a move to Lyon in the summer of 2018.
The 23-year-old’s stock has continued to rise, scoring 32 goals in 72 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit.
While he only has two Premier League cameo appearances to his name, Hasselbaink believes Dembele’s stint at Fulham would mean he can hit the ground running.
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He added: “If you look at what is around at the moment, the Haaland and those kind of players, I think Moussa has more than Haaland. He has more experience. He is familiar with the Premier League, familiar with the English system.
“He played for years at Fulham, so knows the area. The majority of players who come from the continent, especially from France, need that time to adjust. He has already been through that process. He knows the English life.
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“Also his temperament is very very good. You never hear bad things about him out of the group.
“What is important as well is that he is young and I know that Frank likes to work with young players and if you look at those things, the whole picture, it would be a good fit.”
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