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Pochettino happy with attacking options, plays down Chelsea’s January striker search

Goals by committee?

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Mauricio Pochettino says he’s happy enough with Chelsea’s current attacking options at the moment, despite the narrative (and he himself, earlier) firmly establishing the landing a new striker in January was at the top of our priority list.

Although he hasn’t ruled out signing a new forward, it doesn’t seem as much of an emergency as it might have been a couple months ago, when Chelsea were having real trouble in the goalscoring department. While we have continued to waste “big chances”, we’ve failed to score in just 1 of our last 13 games, averaging just over two goals per game in that span (27 total).

Of course, Nicolas Jackson is away for the next month and Christopher Nkunku’s dealing with some minor injury, but we’ve seen others step up to get their names on the scoreboard (Cole Palmer especially), and Pochettino’s looking for that goals-by-committee approach to continue now.

“No. No, no [not that important]. We are assessing the squad like always. We had a conversation with the owners and sporting directors yesterday and today and we are looking, like all teams, for options, opportunities.

“I am so happy because we have Broja, we have different players that can play in the striker position and we need our second line offensive players to help the team score goals and help to win games. I am very positive and happy with the squad. We are working, if something appears, we will announce. At the moment we are assessing and working normally, how we have been working from the beginning of the season.”

-Mauricio Pochettino; source: Football.London

Poch did confirm that we don’t need to “sell to buy”, though presumably that still doesn’t mean we’re about to break the bank (again) for a striker — which is probably a smart financial move.

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