Sarri more interested in signing a winger than a striker like Higuain

Sarri more interested in signing a winger than a striker like Higuain

The former Newcastle striker stated this following Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Southampton in the Premier League encounter on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri, who dismissed the prospect of recalling strikers Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham from loan spells at Valencia and Aston Villa respectively, watched his side fail to score for the second successive home league game.

Many supporters are dismayed at the possibility of Chelsea selling Hudson-Odoi, and booed Sarri's decision to substitute him in a 2-1 win over Watford last month - though it later emerged that the 18-year-old had suffered a hamstring injury shortly before his withdrawal.

The Premier League club have not been able to rely on their strikers for goals this season, as Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have managed just six between them.

"It's not easy, and I think that we are lucky because we have [Ethan] Ampadu, we have [Andreas] Christensen, we have [Hudson-Odoi], so we are lucky". Now we have to improve in the last 20 metres.

"We have to try to solve the problem of the last 15 and 20 metres".

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"You can talk about Gonzalo Higuain or Karim Benzema, but I think Costa would be the one to take Chelsea where they want to be".

Having announced the signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic earlier in the day, Chelsea are planning ahead following a season of inconsistent displays from Willian and Pedro on the right flank.

Hazard hinted several times that he preferred to play wide rather than upfront during Sarri's experiment with the Belgian as a "false nine".

Chelsea struggled to break a resilient Southampton down, but on the few occasions they did craft openings, the opportunities were wasted.

Chelsea's desperation towards the end resulted in Marcos Alonso going down easily under pressure from Shane Long in the area, but referee Jonathan Moss correctly ignored the protests, allowing Saints to hold on.

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