Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarei has received some honest advice regarding the potential transfer of Mauro Icardi as a replacement to Alvaro Morata
Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has praised qualities of both Morata and his team-mate Olivier Giroud, despite the two misfiring in front of goal in recent times.
The duo has only recorded seven goals between them so far this season, which seems far from enough for Chelsea with the ambitions.
Morata and Giroud inconsistently would surely force Chelsea out in the January transfer window, with the Daily Mail among top sources to recently link the Blues with the signing of the Inter Milan man.
The Argentina international has a fine recent record in Serie A and seems an obvious choice for Chelsea, though Hasselbaink isn’t so convinced.
The Dutchman has advised caution over a move for Icardi, and instead praised the qualities of both Morata and Giroud as options up front for his old club.
Speaking exclusively to 888sport, Hasselbaink said:
“I’d have to see Icardi in the Premier League first. The Italian league is totally different.
“Obviously he’s a good player and has great potential but so many of the foreign stars come here and cannot cope with the physicality and pace of the Premier League. If he does come we’d have to be patient with him.
“Giroud does make other players around him better when he plays. He is very unselfish. Does he need to score more goals? Yes.
“It’s important for a striker to score and because that will help him play more games but he has other qualities.
“I like Morata. A lot of people are talking about him and he’s getting a lot of mixed messages.
“That is not helping him. He needs to keep on looking at his qualities and he’s got big qualities.”