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Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson believes the club can become title contenders next season if they sign a younger centre-back and a “top striker” like Erling Haaland.
The Blues have continued their unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel in the Champions League 1 – 0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, with Olivier Giroud scoring the winning goal for his side. Meanwhile, they have also narrowed the gap on fourth-placed West Ham in the Premier League.
And Johson believes Chelsea should mainly focus on the young prospects rather than the club veterans in order to reach more success.
“I think they need a top, younger centre half and they need a top striker,” he said.
“Obviously they’ve spent a lot of money in the wide areas and in midfield. I think they’re a far better side with Giroud and he’s the guy that they’ve been trying to get out of the door for the last few years. It shows you that they’ve tried to replace him and haven’t managed to do so.
“I think a top striker is the main thing. Giroud is 34 now so there’s only so much he can do. The same stands at centre-half because Thiago Silva is different class but his body can’t cope with the Premier League every week.”
Then he added: “I think someone like Haaland would be ideal.
“He’d be the perfect replacement for Giroud. He’s big, he’s quick, he’s powerful, he’s unbelievable in front of goal.
“Those sort of signings give a lift to the rest of the dressing room and it would be a real statement if they could pull it off.”