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Chelsea are reportedly monitoring Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic as they consider strengthening their attack.
Manager Maurizio Sarri is yet to be convinced by Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud and has been impressed by Mitrovic’s form in the Premier League, according to the Mirror‘s John Richardson.
The 23-year-old has four goals in five games for the Cottagers this season, but manager Slavisa Jokanovic will want to do everything he can to keep hold of the Serbia international.
Sarri prefers to play with one central striker and has Morata and Giroud to choose from after allowing Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham to leave on loan.
Chelsea signed Morata from Real Madrid in summer 2017 for a club-record fee of £60 million, per BBC Sport.
However, the Spain international endured a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge. He lost his place in the team to Giroud, and he also was left out of the Spain squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Morata has said he thought about leaving the club, per ESPN UK:
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Things got really bad for Alvaro Morata last season. 😬 https://t.co/jPQd1H8sSq
He has made four appearances for Chelsea this season, scoring once in the 3-2 win over Arsenal. However, doubts remain over whether he can be a success for Chelsea in the Premier League.
Giroud is a proven Premier League striker but will turn 32 in September and is heading towards the end of his career.
The Guardian‘s Jacob Steinberg doubts whether either can win the title for Chelsea:
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@pfon73 Maybe not quite yet. And don’t really think Giroud or Morata are title-winning strikers.
Chelsea may decide to strengthen their attack, and Mitrovic is one of the top flight’s most in-form strikers in the early weeks of the season.
The 23-year-old joined Fulham from Newcastle United, where he failed to make much of an impact.
Manager Rafael Benitez does not regret selling him to Fulham, according to Luke Edwards at the Telegraph.
Mitrovic is known as being a fiery character, but he’s also a powerful and dynamic striker. Scouted Football noted how he’s in a rich vein of form for club and country:
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Aleksandar Mitrović (23) – 2018/19:
🇷🇸 vs Romania • ⚽️⚽️
🇷🇸 vs Lithuania • ⭕️
⚪️ vs Brighton • ⚽️
⚪️ vs Burnley • ⚽️⚽️
⚪️ vs Spurs • ⚽️
⚪️ vs Crystal Palace • ⭕️
Six appearances and six goals for the Fulham and Serbia target man. https://t.co/gchO57FZJO
The youngster still has some way to go before he can prove he can be a consistent goalscorer in the English top flight. However, if he can maintain his early form, he is bound to attract interest from bigger clubs.