CHELSEA icon Joe Cole has claimed Thomas Tuchel MUST sign Erling Haaland this summer to add a much-needed ‘sparkle of magic’.
Chelsea need Erling Haaland to add a bit of ‘magic’, according to Joe ColeCredit: Rex Features
Joe Cole believes Erling Haaland can help fire Chelsea back to the ‘glory days’Credit: AP:Associated Press
Since the German took over, Chelsea have scored just 13 goals in 12 games in all competition.
Natural strikers Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud have all struggled to find the net with any regularity this season.
And Stamford Bridge icon Cole has revealed Tuchel can fix his problems this summer with a move for magical Borussia Dortmund ace Haaland.
Even before Saturday’s Elland Road stalemate, Cole told BT Sport: “They need one player for me, Haaland. He’s on the wish-list.
“He’s a No9. There’s so much in this squad, there’s quality in all areas, such a strong squad.
“You just need that one sparkle of magic, that No9, that focal point…
“It will change this club getting back to the glory days of challenging for the title regularly.”
Haaland is valued at over £100million by Dortmund, but is believed to have a release clause in his contract allowing him to leave for just £63m – with that only coming into effect next summer.
Rio Ferdinand – Cole’s fellow BT Sport pundit – agreed Chelsea need an elite No9, but stopped short of name-dropping Haaland, who is also a target for his old club, Manchester United.
Ferdinand said: “I think they’ll have to add still, they need to add in areas to do that.
“The No9 area maybe? Someone who is going to be potent and score a lot of goals.
“They’ve come in here not scoring as many goals as in the previous regime.
“I think that will have to change in time but they’ve only conceded two goals.
“It’s a big difference but they do need to maybe invest. It’s a fantastic squad.”