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Tuchel Can Scout Trio Of Attacking Stars At Euro 2020 As Alternatives To Haaland

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Chelsea are still riding high from their memorable Champions League success last weekend in Porto.

Yet, with ambitions to not only defend their European crown but also challenge for the Premier League title next season, they won’t be resting on their laurels.

Squad improvements will be the priority, even in this off-season period, and the up and coming Euro 2020 tournament will provide the Blues with the opportunity to take a closer look at potential targets in elite competitive action.

We know that one area the European champions will look to strengthen is the attack, and a new striker looks to be a priority.

Therefore with that in mind, below are three strikers who have the potential to catch the eye of Thomas Tuchel and his recruitment team in the coming weeks, that won’t cost the £100million plus that it would take to prise top target Erling Haaland away from Borussia Dortmund.

André Silva – Portugal – 25 years old – Valued at £34.4m by CIES

Cristiano Ronaldo has for a long time been the star man for Portugal, yet Silva is leading a changing of the guard and becoming one of his nation’s most exciting forwards.

His total of 28 goals was the second-highest in the Bundesliga last season, ahead of the likes of Erling Haaland and behind only Robert Lewandowski.

Andre Silva

The 25-year-old spent the season before last on loan in Germany from AC Milan and netted a fairly impressive 12 league goals. This led to the move being made permanent by Frankfurt and it proved to be a wise decision by the Bundesliga team.

In terms of his profile, he stands at a decent 6ft foot and possesses good technical skill, dropping into pockets when required to link with teammates or playing on the last shoulder of a defence, primed to make penetrating runs in behind.

Another desirable trait he has is a real tenacity and high work-rate. Frankfurt under manager Adolf Hutter were one of the most aggressive pressing teams in the Bundesliga, and he plays a key part in this philosophy, leading and harrying from the front – notably he led the way for his team last season in terms of pressures made inside the attacking third.

Alexander Isak – Sweden – 21 years old – Valued at £50.6m by CIES

Having won four straight matches, Sweden may fancy themselves as dark horses heading into the start of next week’s tournament.

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And Isak has the potential to be their star man after an impressive campaign with La Liga outfit Real Sociedad, netting 17 goals whilst registering a further two assists.

Alexander Isak of Sweden

That return breaks down to an impressive 0.53 goals per 90 which coincides nicely with his xG average for that same period of 0.56.

He was signed by Sociedad from Dortmund in 2019 having failed to score in five senior appearances for the Germany side. However, that decision to sell him now looks premature and he’s a young forward being tipped to reach the very top.

Beyond being sharp in front of goal, he stands at an imposing 6ft 4in which often gives him a height advantage over rival defenders. He’s not just a target man though and can link up well with teammates when the ball is being played on the ground.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – England – 24 years old – Valued at £48m by CIES

A player already known to many associated with Chelsea due to his impressive performances in the Premier League, it’s possible that a strong European Championships from Calvert-Lewin could be the catalyst for him leaving Everton this summer, particularly given that revered Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti recently left to join Real Madrid.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin in action

Since signing for the Merseyside club in 2016, the 24-year-old has been steadily developing year on year and is now well-rounded centre-forward.

However, it was last season in which he truly exploded into prominence, scoring 21 goals, 16 of which came in the league. Only four players can better that return, yet strikingly none of his 16 strikes came via the penalty spot.

Therefore when you remove penalties, there’s only Harry Kane’s 19 non-penalty goals that could better the Everton forward’s return. Although, it’s worth noting that at Spurs, the England captain is usually presented with roughly 3.9 shots per 90, an average much higher than Calvert-Lewin’s of 2.5.

This then raises an intriguing question, would his goal return increase even further playing for a side like Chelsea who would inevitably create more chances for him than Everton do?

One of his most promising attacking assets is undoubtedly his threat in the air. He stands at 6ft2in and has a mammoth leap, it’s therefore little surprise that he’s scored the second-most headed goals across Europe’s top five leagues this season with seven.

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