Chelsea great Ray Wilkins confirms who Chelsea will sign in January


Former Chelsea player and coach Ray Wilkins believes Antonio Conte will look to sign a powerful striker in January as he has very limited options up front.

Diego Costa has been scoring a large share of the goal but Blues do not have an able back-up to Costa.

Summer signing Michy Batshuayi has failed to break into Conte’s starting XI and has had to settle for a place on the bench and some quirky twitter posts this season.

In Costa’s absence, Conte decided to play Eden Hazard on his on rather than going for Batshuayi which more or less signaled the end of Belgian’s time at Stamford Bridge.

Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins cited that as a reason and said that Conte would ideally want a forward giving enough competition to Diego Costa or fill in for him, if need be.

Wilkins spoke with Sky Sports and said: “They did sell Oscar, and for a lot of money as well.

“The way I think he’s looking at it, if they were to lose Diego Costa for a long period, would those three smaller guys be able to maintain that type of football throughout the season.

“I personally don’t think so. So, they might be looking to bring someone in in January, but of course we’ve still got Champions League [to factor in].

Not so surprisingly, ever since those comments, Chelsea have been linked with a January move for Swansea’s Fernando Llorente to prove enough cover for Chelsea’s front line.