Chelsea fans want Lacazette as Falcao replacement

Date published: Friday 23rd October 2015 9:35

Alexandre Lacazette

Chelsea fans would like to see Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette signed if Radamel Falcao’s loan spell is cut short in January.

Chelsea are appear to have given up hope of helping Falcao rediscover his old form at Stamford Bridge amid reports the Colombian’s loan deal could be cut short, with Fiorentina said to be interested.

According to a 90min poll, nearly half of Chelsea supporters feel the club should target Lacazette should Falcao soon be on his way. Of the 6,414 who responded, 40% chose Lacazette over several English-based options.

The French international enjoyed an incredible season in 2014-15. He led the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 27 goals, six more than second placed Andre-Pierre Gignac, and powered Lyon to automatic Champions League qualification and their highest Ligue 1 finish (2nd) since 2010.

Lacazette was also named French football’s Player of the Year, a title won by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in each of the two previous campaigns and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard twice before that. He hasn’t started 2015-16 all that well, though, finding goals surprisingly hard to come by.

Radamel Falcao fan poll

Interestingly, a third of the supporters who responded to the poll would actually like to see home-grown forward Patrick Bamford given a chance back at Stamford Bridge. That’s in spite of his inability to command a place in the team at Crystal Palace, where he’s currently on loan.

Bamford was named Championship Player of the Year during a spell at Middlesbrough last season, but Palace manager Alan Pardew has admitted his stay at Selhurst Park could soon be cut short and 33% of Chelsea fans would be happy to have him back instead of Falcao.

17% of respondents showed interest in the idea of a move for QPR striker Charlie Austin. He’s far from a glamorous name, but the former bricklayer scored 18 Premier League goals for a poor team last season and could be available for a cut-price deal in January or as a free transfer in the summer when his contract expires.

Only 10% of fans want to see West Brom’s Saido Berahino in a Chelsea shirt, though. The 22-year-old was a target for Tottenham over the summer and the Baggies are likely to continue to demand a fee in excess of £25m, which doesn’t appear to offer much value for money.

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