Chelsea have received welcome news in their protracted pursuit of Palermo hotshot Paulo Dybala, with the Sicilian’s eccentric chairman Mauricio Zampierini hinting he will be sold in the summer.
After the much-chased Argentine rejected a three-year contract extension, the Serie A outfit have little option but to cash in on their chief goal-getter and Jose Mourinho is thought to be among his biggest admirers.
According to domestic reports, however, the Portuguese is also keen on Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.
A price of 6/1 doubts the prospects of Aston Villa’s mainstream marksman lining up for the Premier League champions after September 3rd, but if Chelsea are interested in reinforcing their frontline – and speculation suggests they seriously are – then they should favour the Belgian wrecking ball over in-demand Dybala, as outlined below:
The Palermo poacher has started ten more league games than his Villa counterpart this term, yet his only managed one more goal.
Benteke’s immensely inferior assists contribution is negated by the fact that Chelsea aren’t wanting for creativity.
In Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian, the Blues stock some of the most potent defence-carving devices in the Premier League; they require a goalscorer.
Putting the ball in the net has been something of an issue for the west Londoners in the frequent absence of Diego Costa.
Back-up duo Loic Remy and Didier Drogba have mustered just nine league goals between them this season.
Such tallies are not those of strikers representing the best team in the land.
Much of Chelsea’s domestic success this season can be attributed to the sub-par showings of their rivals and if they are to build on the glories of this campaign, more goals are required.
Of the pair, Benteke is the better man to sate this craving.
Not only has Dybala played many more matches in notching his 13 strikes, he has required a much higher number of shots in order to do so.
The Villa man’s 2.8 attempts per outing average suggests his finishing is more lethal than that of his rival.
Mourinho tends to favour burly, powerful frontman to spearhead his one-man attack and lightweight Dybala lacks the physical stature to thrive in this role.
Such a statement is grounded in the 2.5 dispossessions per match average he has recorded when compared to Benteke’s 2.1.