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Chelsea eye short-term fix with another underwhelming January loan target

Chelsea have had their problems in front of goal in recent weeks, now reports claim Leicester City striker Islam Slimani could be seen as a solution.

Antonio Conte’s side did rediscover their form this weekend with a 4-0 win over Brighton, but prior to that they’d managed just one goal in their previous four games in all competitions.

Interestingly, that return to form came with Alvaro Morata ruled out through suspension, with the Spaniard going six games in all competitions without a goal as the pressure ramps up on him.

With Michy Batshuayi unable to get regular football as evidenced by the lack of appearances he’s made this season and last year, that could lead Chelsea to consider options outside of the club, with The Times claiming that they have made a move to sign Slimani on loan for the rest of the season.

It follows speculation linking the Blues with moves for Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch, as noted in the report, but given their respective goal tallies and number of appearances in recent times, it’s quite the underwhelming shortlist of candidates to offer more firepower at Stamford Bridge.

Slimani has 12 goals in 43 appearances for the Foxes after his move from Sporting Lisbon in 2016, although in his defence, he did show an impressive eye for goal in Portugal with 57 goals in 109 outings for the club.

If he can rediscover that kind of form then he could be a decent acquisition for the reigning Premier League champions, but it’s still a gamble with his impact in England in mind as Chelsea would arguably be better off going with a safer option.

As per The Guardian, Roma striker Edin Dzeko has also been linked with a move to west London, and given his previous experience in the Premier League coupled with his Capocannoniere award in Serie A last season, he should arguably be the priority to strengthen Conte’s squad.

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