Chelsea should do everything in their power to bring departing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to Stamford Bridge to replace Timo Werner, according to Paul Merson.
Aguero is set to end his trophy-laden 10-year association with City at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, as well as Tottenham, Leeds and multiple clubs from Spain’s LaLiga.
The Argentine is already firmly established as a Premier League legend. He also holds City’s goalscoring record with 257 goals in 385 appearances.
And former Arsenal star Merson believes Aguero, 32, ‘ticks the box’ for Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Merson told Sky Sports: “He [Sergio Aguero] ticks the box for me and the way Chelsea play – Chelsea are dominant in football matches, they dictate games and have a lot of possession, they play neat and tidy football around the box and they are looking for that little ball.
“They are not trying to hit a ball from the halfway line into a load of space. You are playing at Chelsea and when you kick off at Chelsea, you are immediately faced with 10 men behind the ball. You need an Aguero who is sharp over three to five yards, that little ball down the side and into the box.
“I like Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, they are good players. But are they going to win you the Premier League? No, and I say that because they are not going to be in the top five or six goal scorers in the league.
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“You look at Chelsea now and Mason Mount and Abraham have got six goals. They are their joint-top scorers in the league, so that is why Chelsea are where they are.
“If you put someone in that team who has scored 20 goals and are second behind Harry Kane and Mo Salah, then that could be another 10, 11, 12, 15 points, it could be 14 winning goals.
“I think they need a centre forward who can score goals as Timo Werner has not worked.”
Havertz the real deal
Merson has serious doubts over whether Werner will ever thrive in England. However, he does have a much stronger feeling about Werner’s Germany team-mate Kai Havertz.
Merson added: “I said Kai Havertz would be a player, a young lad who has arrived with a big price tag and with everything that is going on in the world, he had “long Covid” and that affected him.
“But when you watched him the other day, he is a class act, he is proper. I really think he will be a superstar and in time to come, he will be special. I’m not sure about Werner, though, I don’t it’s working.
“I watch him and when you are buying that type of player for that type of money, I’d want a little bit more of a finished product for what I have got.
“There looks like there is a lot to work on, which is strange really.
“Havertz, I can swallow that as he is a young kid. But this lad does things on the pitch and you are like, “really?” He will go down the wing and just cross it into the box when no-one is in there.
“I’ve been disappointed with him to be honest and for me. I would try and see what I can do with him this summer.”