First, let me echo the sentiment that Rom is pretty much irreplaceable, particularly the consistency of his output. Whoever we sign will almost certainly be a downgrade, especially in the short-term.
Here is how Rom profiles statistically:https://twitter.com/mixedknuts/status/836267918031736832
Now for some strikers of interest. If you hate these radar visualizations, consider skipping this post. Apologies in advance for the extreme length. If you can't be bothered reading or looking through this, I don't blame you.Iheanacho
looks like an outstanding prospect. City would be mad to let him go but with Aguero still only 28 and Gabriel Jesus bursting onto the scene, there's the slimmest of chances. Not only does he find lots of quality chances for himself but he appears quite good at setting them up for others (2+ key passes per 90). Keep in mind that the following radar is adjusted per 90 so he gets a huge boost from appearing primarily as a sub (extrapolation + playing against tired defenses).Belotti
has been mentioned as well. He's been getting into good goalscoring positions for years and has exploded this season now that he's taking his chances. You always wonder about the true level of a player like this (will he keep taking his chances?) but he looks good on paper. Some of the prices mentioned for him seem prohibitive and he's being linked with clubs above our stature so he's probably not realistic.https://twitter.com/mixedknuts/status/818164219946397697https://twitter.com/mixedknuts/status/818164542962364420https://twitter.com/mixedknuts/status/818164862534774784Lacazette
also looks good (and has for years) but I think he's another non-starter because of the clubs likely to be in for him. (Old radar template alert).https://twitter.com/mixedknuts/status/767627095187087360
Chelsea have a few intriguing options. Batshuayi
is an obvious one and he's the right combination of talented and out-of-favour for a transfer here. (I could only find the old radar template for him).https://twitter.com/mixedknuts/status/580039888042520576
This article talks about Batshuayi in greater depth:http://statsbomb.com/2015/10/after-gradel-martial-and-payet-who-is-ligue-1s-next-starlet/
I'm going to throw two more young Chelsea players out there. The first is Bertrand Traore
, currently on loan at Ajax. I'm not sure if he's a pure striker as he's played a wider role for Ajax but he profiles quite nicely and Chelsea don't really seem to have plans for him. (Old radar alert, again).https://twitter.com/mixedknuts/status/714863036973072388
The second is Tammy Abraham
who's been smashing it on loan for a poor Bristol City side. He's a bit young and unproven at this level but he already looks like quite the penalty box predator and he has plenty of room to improve.
An excerpt from the article containing those Abraham radars:
This is extremely unusual for a young forward, and looking backward one of the most similar profiles I can find at this age is another Chelsea loanee: Romelu Lukaku. Yes, Lukaku’s season came against Premier League competition and TamTam’s is in the Championship, but Lukaku certainly looked a bit more physically mature when he did it while Tammy still has some teenager left on those lanky bones.
Iheanacho would be my top choice if he was available (and he really shouldn't be available; he's too good to give up). After that... I'm not so sure. I really like the sound of Abraham but he has little experience at this level (only 2 appearances for Chelsea, both sub appearances) and doesn't turn 20 until October. Whatever we do, we'll probably need two forwards to compensate for Rom leaving.