The meeting held by pochettino and club owner were on the need to get Osimhen from Napoli,

Pochetinno show the owners how he could line up with a great attacker like Osimhen and need to get him by all means,

How Chelsea can line-up with Victor Osimhen and Christopher Nkunku after giant transfer decision
Chelsea transfer news as Victor Osimhen remains a key target heading into January with the chance for a dream attack to follow

13 games into the Premier League season and only Manchester United have scored less goals than Chelsea. Despite putting three past Everton Erik ten Hag’s men have found the net just 16 times.

Given that United are sixth and two points off Tottenham in fifth this might not sound too bad but in reality, Chelsea are still struggling massively. To have a better goalscoring record than the team on the outskirts of the top four/five sounds competitive but their 20 goals against second highest for a side 13th or higher.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are also boosted by getting eight in their two games before the international break but on the flipside, it is now just three clean sheets all season and they have come against Luton, Bournemouth and Fulham. As much as they have now scored four in three of the last six games they have conceded the same amount in each of the past two games as well, finding a balance has been tough.

The defeat to Newcastle was far from being down to just going hell for leather, in fact it was the lack of ways they could get out of their own half after the break that contributed to the sustained pressure on Rob Sanchez’s goal, but missed chances remain a key issue.

Nicolas Jackson is having a feast-or-famine time of it, failing to register a shot on target against Newcastle but getting four against Manchester City and Tottenham. The inconsistency that is rife within the squad is perhaps best shown by the club’s new first-choice striker and it is where it seems the January efforts will be spent looking to change.

After all, when things at Chelsea aren’t working they tend to change. Even in a world where debatably the club’s best player is yet to feature in a single competitive minute the expectation has long been that a centre forward would be pursued mid-season.

Despite Jackson arriving in the summer, Christopher Nkunku the same, and the owners being keen to keep Armando Broja as well as give him time to recover from injury and work with Pochettino to improve, a new attacker is wanted. Nkunku’s flexibility perhaps counts him out of the conversation, though where his best position will be isn’t entirely clear, but the striker market in the summer and now looks very different.

Whereas Ivan Toney had six months left to sit out before his ban for breaching betting regulations ended he is now around eight weeks from being eligible for selection again. Then there’s Victor Osimhen.

He was off the radar for many over the summer having just pushed Napoli towards a first league title in 33 years but now, with contract disputes, managerial changes and the demand in the market all pointing towards a 2024 exit. The question is just how soon that move will come for him.

The Telegraph report that Chelsea will push for him strongly having made him their top target. Whether that is January or the summer it looks like the 24-year-old will be on the move. As someone who has all the attributes to be a Premier League striker and an immediate upgrade for the squad, it is tantalising to imagine him in blue and playing with Nkunku.

The pair would be two of the older attackers in the club which makes its own point but would also be an injection of readymade quality in a frontline built for the future. Combine that pair – whenever if ever they were to line-up together – with a fully fit Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Enzo Fernandez and it’s easy to see the draw.

Osimhen arriving would likely push Nkunku away from playing as a striker or false nine, especially with there still being Jackson and Broja to account for, which then creates issues elsewhere. Does Sterling move over the right? Where does Cole Palmer play? If you want all three in business then how to break up the midfield trio behind them?

In the defence and there’s still uncertainty over what backline Pochettino would go with if all his options were fit as well. Wesley Fofana is a unique defender due to his speed, dribbling and also aerial ability but can surely only play alongside one of Levi Colwill or Benoit Badiashile on the right. Unless Chilwell is to drop out, which seems strange given the injection of natural width and attacking options he brings from full-back, then it is a three-into-two situation there without even contemplating Axel Disasi’s role.

There are certainly options for Pochettino, and most of them exit without Osimhen but would be exaggerated with him, but the firepower that the Nigerian would bring is something that may well make up for those puzzles either way. If he were to join and Pochettino eventually gets a fully fit squad together, this is what it could look like:

Sanchez; James, Fofana, Colwill, Chilwell; Fernandez, Caicedo, Palmer, Nkunku, Sterling; Osimhen

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