Chelsea are in a bit of a funk.
Maurizio Sarri’s side have looked toothless in recent weeks, players resembling square pegs in round holes and struggling for rhythm.
Sarri is stubborn.
He has his ways, he knows his system and won’t budge from his Sarri-Ball philosophy even if it means his best players – namely N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard – are playing out of position.
Sarri’s brilliant Napoli side was built around the lung-busting performances of club-record goalscorer Marek Hamsik.
Hamsik was the lead foot soldier for Sarri’s ideology, regularly notching 15 goals a season from midfield.
Chelsea are crying out for someone of his ilk given neither Kante, Jorginho or Mateo Kovacic are regular scorers meaning they are heavily reliant on Hazard to provide a spark.
And there is a man who could take them to the next level.
Reports suggest Aaron Ramsey is 80% a Juventus player, with wages agreed but paperwork and medicals yet to be finalised.
But the Evening Standard claimed last week that another club was still pushing to steal the Welshman from under the Italian giants’ noses.
Chelsea should go all out to make sure it is them.
Ramsey is the best goalscoring midfielder in the Premier League, yet is unwanted at Arsenal and available for nothing in the summer.
He divides opinion occasionally but the statistics don’t lie, with his goal contributions (goals and assists) since 2013 good enough to rival any midfielder in Europe.
At the moment Kante looks unnatural making attacking runs into the penalty area, something that comes as second nature to Ramsey.
Chelsea have a history of pinching Arsenal players, so another one through the Stamford Bridge door wouldn’t hurt, right?
With Gonzalo Higuain en route, Chelsea have already made a step to spare Hazard some of the goalscoring burden.
If they went for Ramsey too Sarri’s side could really start to take shape.
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