Borussia Dortmund talisman Erling Haaland has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, with the Blues reportedly very interested in signing the talented striker.
Meanwhile, every Blue wants Haaland to arrive at Stamford Bridge as his quality is undeniable – however, what happens to the other Chelsea attackers should he come here?
Here is a look at the possible scenarios should the power striker arrive;
Timo Werner: Benched or Playing as the Second Striker/Winger
As per WhoScored, Timo Werner has played as the left forward 14 times this season. Through those games, the German has 6 goals and 3 assists – which is a very decent return that shows he can operate well out wide.
Werner’s passes and pace could as well be very important there as he links up with Erling Haaland.
Again, he can be used as a supporting striker too due to his pace and creativity, which could allow Chelsea to utilize him in a 2-man system with Haaland as the main striker. Otherwise, the former Leipzig forward has only one option left, which is to seat on the bench.
Kai Havertz: Second Striker Or Attacking Midfielder
Thomas Tuchel has played Kai Havertz as a false 9 and the central striker in quite a few games, but we know that he will not be deployed there if Erling Haaland does arrive.
Besides, Havertz is a creative player who can work well with Haaland as the second striker – the German’s late runs into the box and ability to see passes will open space for the Dortmund man and the two can form a deadly duo upfront.
Aside from this, a role as the no.10 would also suit Havertz. However, for this to happen, a change in the system might be necessary – otherwise, it’s possible for Mason Mount and Havertz to play behind Haaland in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
Tammy Abraham: Sold
The 23-year-old has barely played under the German manager and even if Haaland does not arrive, it’s unlikely that the striker wants to continue given his lack of minutes.
And if Haaland does come here, however, it’s hard to see Abraham ever playing for Chelsea again as he will be far down the pecking order. In that regard, he should leave the Blues and it could very well be possible that we sell him to get some funds for an expensive Erling Haaland transfer.
Olivier Giroud: Sold Or Used As 4th-Choice Striker
AC Milan reportedly want Giroud, who just signed a new deal with Chelsea. While the French international played way more under Tuchel than Abraham, even his playing time reduced during the end of the season, and at this stage of his career, no one will blame Giroud for wanting to play more. So seeing him leave Chelsea, especially if we sign Haaland is not far from reality.
Moreover, it’s hard to imagine Chelsea keeping more than 3 strikers (even if Havertz is not technically a pure striker) in the squad. Haaland’s arrival could very well signal the end of Giroud’s playing career – and the best-case scenario would be him being the 4th-choice option.