Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson believes his old club need to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, if they are to have any chance of challenging for the Premier League title next season.
The Blues currently sit third in the table but are 19 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have already bolstered their ranks with the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. In order to compete with City’s firepower, Johnson feels a marquee addition is necessary – and thinks Lewandowski would be perfect, as his contract situation in Bavaria remains unresolved.
Speaking exclusively to me Lord Ping, he said: “Chelsea obviously tried when they broke the bank for Romelu Lukaku and obviously Haaland was the one they should've signed, but it was always going to be hard to trump Man City, Liverpool or a team like Real Madrid, so he was never going to end up at Chelsea.
“For a club like the Blues, I think they need to sign Robert Lewandowski. He is a more realistic signing, but these top, world-class strikers are hard to find. But for his age and the possibility of the deal actually happening, I'd say Chelsea should sign Lewandowski.”
Title Contenders Next Season
Despite the gulf between Chelsea and title-chasers City and Liverpool, Johnson expects the Blues to compete for the league crown next term – if they can find consistency and add more quality to the squad under their new owners.
“[Chelsea] definitely can [challenge for the title],” he continued. “They have a great manager and a great side.
“The [new] owners are going to want to come in and are going to want to invest.
“Chelsea aren't a million miles away from the title now, but yeah I expect them to compete next year and with the new owners coming in, I'd imagine it will raise everyone's game.
“Getting to the level of Man City and Liverpool is so hard for anybody, but they need to be consistent.
“On their day, Chelsea can beat anyone but the consistency that's shown by Man City and Liverpool isn't easy.
“You need a big squad, you need players that are buying into what the manager is doing and you need a good set of 18 to 20 players, so Chelsea need to invest and make sure that everyone is on board with what the club is trying to achieve.
“Let's face it though, Man City and Liverpool at the moment are miles ahead of anyone.”
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