Chelsea should sign West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic, former Stamford Bridge striker Tony Cascarino has told talkSPORT.
The Blues suffered their third loss of the Premier League season on Saturday afternoon, with Leicester dealing Maurizio Sarri his first home defeat since taking charge of the club in the summer.
Once again, Chelsea’s striker woes were highlighted throughout the match, with the hosts dominating their opponents but failing to find a way past Kasper Schmeichel in goal.
Chelsea recorded 17 attempts, five of which were on target, but Eden Hazard – starting the match at centre-forward – then Olivier Girioud – introduced just after the hour mark – struggled to seriously threaten Leicester’s clean sheet.
Giroud has just a single Premier League goal to his name this season, while Alvaro Morata – nominally Chelsea’s first-choice striker – has five. Hazard, who has just started to play as the main focal point of Chelsea’s attack, has netted on eight occasions, but is not the reliable goalscorer who can fire the Blues to success.
Sarri reportedly wants to sign Gonzalo Higuain when the transfer window reopens in just over a week, having worked with the Argentine forward while the pair were at Napoli, while Leicester’s own Jamie Vardy – who scored the winning goal on Saturday – has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
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However, former Chelsea striker Cascarino believes one player suits the Blues above all others – Marko Arnautovic
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, Cascarino said: “You know the one player I’d really want to take? Arnautovic – I’d take him in a heartbeat.
“I think he’d fit perfectly into Chelsea.”
Arnautovic, who has missed West Ham’s three previous matches through injury, has scored five Premier League goals this season, having ended his debut season in east London with 11 top flight strikes.
He is widely regarded as one of the best players outside the top six clubs, and Cascarino believes Arnautovic is good enough to make the step up to the top six.
“The thing with Arnautovic – he reminds me of that Eric Cantona mindset,” Cascarino added.
“He thinks he’s good enough to be up there at the top table, and he is.
“He was dreadful at times last year, but there’s a real player in there and he needs a challenge.
“And maybe the challenge is West Ham? I’m not saying he should leave West Ham, but he is a guy who needs to be winning things.
“He’s that good of a player.
“Arnautovic is a player capable of playing for one of the best teams in England.”