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Potter defends Chelsea failing to sign January striker


Chelsea boss Graham Potter as defended their failure to sign a new striker in January.

Potter, whose side host bottom club Southampton on Saturday, recalled the last time the Blues tried to bring in a big-money striker in Romelu Lukaku.

He said: "The notion that you can just go into a store and buy a No 9 that fits into your profile of investment — not just transfer fees, but salaries as well — it is not quite that straightforward.

"I don't know whether this was the case but from the outside, it seemed Chelsea had a problem with scoring goals and they spent close to £100m on a No 9 who was meant to fix the problem. As far as I can see, it didn't fix the problem."

Potter said it took Manchester City a while to land Erling Haaland, and won the Premier League last term without a recognised No 9.

"Manchester City had been asked to sign a centre forward for the last five years and they have probably been the best team in the Premier League in that time," he added. "The best way is to get the team to function better."

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