Former No.9 urged Maurizio Sarri to make key January signing

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink claimed Maurizio Sarri will need to sign another striker to turn Chelsea into serious Premier League title contenders.

‘I think every club that is going to challenge for the Premier League needs three strikers. For me, they [Chelsea] still have a gap to close on Man City, but they are improving and if they can keep on improving they can hopefully catch them.’ He told Sky Sports

‘[Sarri] has changed the way they play totally. They now play more in the defensive third of the opposition. ‘They have the ball 60 or 70 per cent of the time – that was totally different last year.

‘You see smiles on the players’ faces again, and they’re playing attractive, attacking football.’

‘Morata will score goals,’ former forward Hasselbaink added. ‘He is a confident person. He is so good at getting behind the defence, and he needs to keep on doing that.

‘Everybody says ‘he needs to do this and needs to do that’, but he shouldn’t concentrate on becoming something he is not. He should embrace what he has got.

‘He’s not somebody who likes the contact of the centre-halves, but he shouldn’t have to play like that. ‘If he keeps on playing to his strengths I believe he will score a lot of goals.’