One of Chelsea’s top priorities in the current transfer window is to sign a reliable goalscorer. Last season, the team struggled in front of goal, which ultimately led to their disappointing 12th-place finish in the league. In light of this, former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has suggested that the Blues should consider pursuing the signing of Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen.
Agbonlahor believes that Osimhen, who is currently 24 years old, would be a valuable addition to the West London side. He points out that despite Chelsea already securing the signing of 22-year-old Ivorian striker Nicolas Jackson, they still need another forward. Agbonlahor’s recommendation stems from his belief that Osimhen possesses the necessary qualities to help Chelsea succeed in the upcoming season.
Agbonlahor’s connection to Nigeria also adds weight to his endorsement of Osimhen. In 2006, Augustine Eguavoen, the former Nigerian footballer and coach, attempted to convince Agbonlahor to play for the Super Eagles due to his Nigerian heritage. Although Eguavoen’s efforts were unsuccessful, Agbonlahor now sees Osimhen as the player who can fulfill the role he was once sought for.
Despite being active in the transfer market this window, with players like Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Ngolo Kante, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Ruben Loftus Cheek leaving the club, Agbonlahor believes that Chelsea still requires a player of Osimhen’s caliber. He emphasizes the need for a proper striker and cites Romelu Lukaku as an example of the type of player he thinks would be beneficial. However, Agbonlahor does acknowledge that the reported price tag of £170 million for Osimhen may be too high.
Agbonlahor also recognizes the increasing competition in the league, with teams like Aston Villa and Brighton improving their squads. He argues that breaking into the top four should be the minimum expectation for Chelsea, given the amount they have invested in their team.
Osimhen’s impressive record speaks for itself, having scored 26 goals in 32 appearances for Napoli last season, helping them secure their first league title in 33 years. With such a track record, it is understandable why Agbonlahor believes Osimhen would be a valuable asset to Chelsea’s squad.
As the transfer window progresses, it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will heed Agbonlahor’s advice and make a move for Osimhen. However, it is clear that adding a reliable goalscorer is a priority for the club as they seek to improve their performance in the upcoming season.