In 2022-23, Chelsea’s offensive has struggled. The Blues are 10th in the Premier League with 20 goals scored.
Their bad performances have worried fans, putting pressure on manager Graham Potter.
The team’s porous offence has club owner Todd Boehly looking for a new attacker in January. Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea are close to loaning Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix for €11 million.
Three players could be indirectly influenced by his arrival.
3 Christian Pulisic
Christian Pulisic may benefit from Felix’s arrival. The American has been a left-winger under Potter and has not met expectations. In 21 games, Pulisic has one goal and two assists.
Felix can play left wing and other positions. Felix’s arrival might see Pulisic’s bad form end, lowering his playing time.
2 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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Gabonese forward is one of the big-name strikers who has underperformed the most in 2022-23.
Aubameyang has three goals in 15 games for the Blues. In recent months, he hasn’t started often for Chelsea due to poor play.
Felix prefers playing behind a striker but can also play centre forward. Potter prefers Kai Havertz as his main striker.
Felix may play second striker or centre forward for Chelsea. Aubameyang’s chances at Stamford Bridge would be limited.
1 Raheem Sterling
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The Blues signed the Englishman last summer to boost their offence. Sterling hasn’t impressed at Chelsea.
The former Manchester City forward has six goals and two assists in 22 games this season.
Felix is a dynamic player who was effective on the left side for Portugal in Qatar. One goal, two assists in four games.
Sterling may be moved from his favoured attacking position if he arrives.