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Why This Premier League Goal-Machine Is The Final Missing Piece Of The Jigsaw For Chelsea

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Why Jamie Vardy Is The Missing Piece In Conte’s Chelsea Puzzle

Chelsea, the reigning Premier League Champions, are back on track with a 2-1 win against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley following a catastrophic 3-2 defeat in their opening weekend outing against minnows Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte, the Blues boss, had a contentious inception of summer transfer window – he exiled hitman Diego Costa following a training ground rift last season and missed out on signing long-term transfer target Romelu Lukaku, as the ex-Chelsea marksman was snapped up by current Manchester United gaffer Jose Mourinho. The Belgian is currently enjoying a startling start to the new Premier League campaign.

Although the Italian boss has recruited high-profile Spanish forward Alvaro Morata, the 24-year-old former Real Madrid prodigy needs time to settle in the new surroundings. Despite scoring on his league debut against Burnley, Morata failed to impress against Spurs after failing to grab an early opportunity and influence his side in the attacking third, which eventually led the gaffer to replace him with Belgian Michy Batshuayi.

Batshuayi, the young Belgian forward, made an early impact from the bench but he found the back of his own net from Christian Eriksen’s free-kick and let Spurs equalise late in the game. The 23-year-old, however, had a sigh of relief after the final whistle thanks to Alonso’s resolve and Hugo Lloris’s howler as the Frenchman allowed the Spaniard’s strike squirm underneath his body at first post and eventually dropped all three points for Spurs against their bitter rivals.

Chelsea boss Conte does not seem content with his striking force and is reportedly lining up a bid for Leicester City talisman Jamie Vardy, the 30-year-old English international who was a massive influence in Leicester’s miraculous 2015-16 Premier League triumph.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City

Vardy, who netted 40 goals in last two campaigns and scored a brace in this season’s opener against Arsenal in a disappointing 4-3 defeat for the Foxes, refused to join the Gunners last summer and opted to stay with his current employers who have transfigured him into an international star from a mere non-league and lower division footballer.

Vardy has gained enough experience in Premier League and has repeatedly showcased his goal-poaching traits against the big guns of the competition. Also, with probable egress of Riyad Mahrez and no Champions League football this season, the Englishman might consider the option of joining the Blues, where he will have the likes of Eden Hazard, Pedro, and Willian to feed him in front of goal.

Vardy will turn 31 in January and the Foxes have already allowed him once to talk to the Gunners, who triggered his release clause last summer. They will surely be open to cashing in on their ageing star and Chelsea, who need an instant solution in front of goal, will benefit from the deal as they are trying hard to defend their league title successfully, as well as register themselves as strong contenders for the prestigious Champions League title.