Dennis Wise has reiterated Chelsea’s need for a new striker and has earmarked Robert Lewandowski and Jamie Vardy as the players the Blues should look into this January transfer window.

Despite the commendable adoption of Maurizio Sarri’s playing style, there remain issues in some areas for the west Londoners, with putting the ball in the back of the net particularly a problem for Sarri’s side right now. Their recent defeat against Leicester at Stamford Bridge perfectly illustrated such concern for Chelsea, who had Eden Hazard, nominally a winger, lead the line for the third time in a row.

Olivier Giroud, who came on as a second-half substitute has only one league goal this season while Alvaro Morata, who was not in the squad last Saturday, has just netted five so far. Sarri has repeatedly expressed his content at the current striking options in the Blues squad in the past but as the goalscoring problem escalates for the west Londoners, it is widely expected that the former Napoli boss would look to bolster his attacking options in the winter transfer window.

Wise, who played for Chelsea in the 1990s, has wholeheartedly agreed with the idea of Chelsea needing to add depth to their striking department. The midfielder, who also boasts 21 caps for England, believes that Sarri’s side needs a reliable 25-goals-a-season forward but thinks the market is currently light for a player of such calibre.

As such, Wise has said that only a player like Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski or Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy as the options for the west Londoners should they decide to go on a spending spree this January.

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“Chelsea will want a striker,” the Blues legend said. “Someone who can score goals and at the moment we haven’t got someone who will get 25 goals a season. Unfortunately not loads of them about, so it’s about getting the right one. There are a couple of goalscorers they should be willing to pay for, like Lewandowski or Jamie Vardy.”

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