Chelsea told Fulham star Alexandar Mitrovic would solve their problems as Kai Havertz role up front questioned

    Ex-Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has questioned Kai Havertz’s impact up front following yet another game without a goal.

    As a result, fellow former Blues striker Carlton Cole believes Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic would solve their goalscoring problems.

    Havertz was unable to score for Chelsea against Fulham


    Havertz was unable to score for Chelsea against Fulham

    Havertz was unable to find the back of their net in the 0-0 draw against the Cottagers, and even missed a glorious chance to score from close range.

    The German is Chelsea’s joint=leading scorer for the season on six goals with Raheem Sterling, but Cascarino believes he doesn’t do enough for his side.

    Speaking to talkSPORT about the club’s recent woes, the former Blues forward said: “You can point at the centre forward position which many have and we’ll talk about ‘Chelsea didn’t buy a centre-forward’ which is a valid point.

    “I’m sure we’ll talk about Havertz in this conversation because Havertz doesn’t lead the line. All the things I got taught as a centre forward, and all the centre forwards I know, he doesn’t do a number of things very well. And Graham Potter doesn’t recognise that.”

    He added: “Leading the line is basically bringing the team higher up the pitch. When the ball comes into you, you can keep it a little bit longer and the team can allow to get beyond you.

    “He doesn’t do that, he does little flicks and touches, some of them come off and some don’t, but it’s not a centre forward play.

    The German was frustrated against the fellow west London side

    The German was frustrated against the fellow west London side

    “Even when he jumps in the air with his flick-ons, he doesn’t really flick it anywhere when he wins a header.

    “You could argue ‘well he’s not the biggest’, Havertz now is 23, he’s six foot one, he could lead the line way better. I just don’t think he’s a natural centre forward.”

    Mitrovic, on the other hand, has 11 goals to his name and is the fourth highest scorer in the Premier League so far this season.

    Cole believes the Serbian striker is the type of player Chelsea really need up front.

    “You’ve got to look at Mitrovic’s return as well, he’s been brilliant for them,” Cole told talkSPORT.

    “Even the way he plays, he holds up the ball. Just exactly what Chelsea need at the moment up front. Someone to bring that ball in, hold it up and lay it off, get in the box, get on crosses.

    Mitrovic has been dubbed as a solution to Chelsea’s problems


    Mitrovic has been dubbed as a solution to Chelsea’s problems

    “That’s what you need and Mitro does that perfectly. He’s one of those players that you’d love to have in your side and I know Potter will be saying ‘I wish I had someone like him.”

    Chelsea’s draw against Fulham has seen them rise to ninth in the table but Liverpool, who are one spot below them, have two games in hand.

    The Blues are also nine points adrift of the top four.


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