MICHAEL OWEN believes Chelsea will have to sign a top striker in order to win the Premier League in the near future.

The Blues signed a number of attacking players in the summer, including Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.

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Werner hasn’t managed to start the race since joining Chelsea at the beginning of the seasonPhoto credit: PA: Press Association

But with none of them excelling at Stamford Bridge so far and not having a regular 20-goal striker of the season yet, Owen believes this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, he said: “I’ve probably never felt comfortable with the Chelsea main striker since Drogba.

“I only say that when I say, ‘Will Chelsea win the league? Are they real competitors?’ “Of course they are brilliant players – Giroud won the World Cup for heaven’s sake and is a brilliant player.

“But to win the Premier League you need one of the best strikers in the world and I don’t think Abraham or Giroud are in the top 10 forwards in the world.

“It’s a department that a lot of managers have tried … even Werner they keep trying to buy bigger, better strikers. I just don’t think they have done it right since then and have spent fortunes.

“You mentioned Diego Costa, they bought Fernando Torres at the start of his game, Morata, which they spent a lot of money on. You know there is a problem.

“They’ll be fine – it’s not obvious, but whether they want to win the league [then they must sign a top centre forward]. “

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Werner came from RB Leipzig for £ 53m, but has only scored nine times in 31 appearances for the Blues and is currently without a goal in the long run.

In the meantime, Ziyech was plagued by injuries and couldn’t really stand a number of games on the team.

And Havertz hovered around a number of positions under Frank Lampard, but also struggled to find the net, scoring just five goals in 26 games so far this season.

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