According to Express, Chelsea are eyeing a move for in-form Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson in the upcoming transfer window.
Wilson has been a key player for the Cherries this season and has raised quite a few eyebrows this season with his consistent displays in front of goal.
Chelsea’s forwards have struggled to find the back of the net on a consistent basis, so is Wilson a good target?
Callum Wilson: Player profile
Only Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah have been involved in more goals than Wilson this season, who has netted eight goals while notching up six assists in just 15 matches.
The 26-year old’s exceptional performances in front of goal have played a key role in Bournemouth’s bright start to the campaign while also earning him his first cap with the England national team in November.
Unlike most other modern day strikers, who often rely on their technical prowess, Wilson is a clever forward, thanks to his smart runs in behind the defence coupled with his precise movements, which often allow him to unsettle the opposition backline.
Wilson is also an excellent finisher as his scoring tally suggests that, but what makes him such a sought-after attacker in English football is his ability to provide creativity in the final third.
Indeed, the forward has averaged 1.4 key passes per game this season, which is significantly more than what Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have mustered so far.
However, Wilson needs to work on his passing as well as his ball retention, having been dispossessed 31 times this campaign.
Should Chelsea sign Wilson?
The addition of Wilson may attract mixed reviews, largely due to the balanced nature of the Bournemouth forward. As mentioned earlier, the 26-year-old is a proven goalscorer who is having the best season of his career so far.
His clever runs in behind the defence along with his creativity in the final third can certainly help Chelsea’s as teams often like to sit deep against Sarri’s side.
But on the flip side, Wilson’s lack of technical qualities coupled with his awful passing will be a huge issue, especially under Sarri’s possession-based game.
That being said, Wilson will surely revamp Chelsea’s attacking department and most importantly, provide some much-needed competition to Morata and Giroud, both of who have terribly underperformed this season.
Stat courtesy: Whoscored