How Chelsea could line up with Dzeko
Chelsea are aiming to secure a joint deal with Roma for Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri in the January transfer window, which could see the duo move for around £50 million (€57 million).
Dzeko's availability has been welcomed by most Chelsea fans after the club had previously enquired about West Ham's Andy Carroll, Stoke City's Peter Crouch and Burnley's Ashley Barnes among others.
Dzeko scored 43 times in 55 appearances for club and country last term in all competitions and he comes in to challenge the misfiring Alvaro Morata.
Antonio Conte is a fan of tall target men who act as a "pivot" or "focal point" for their attacks. Here's how the Italian head coach may use his potential recruit. Dzeko's presence in this system could lead to Morata being benched as the Bosnian would take the No.9 role in the centre of the front three.
Eden Hazard, Willian, Pedro and Charly Musonda would all challenge for the two outside attacker roles on either side of Dzeko. However, there is the chance that Morata could be utilised as a left-sided attacker, with Hazard on the right, a role that the Spaniard has played in at former teams.
Chelsea are unlikely to start games in a 4-2-4 but have used it in the past while chasing matches. Conte considered using this attacking system when he first joined as he aimed to exploit the club's wide players but the formation he used successfully while coach of Bari proved to be too open. This system could see Morata line up alongside Dzeko with two attacking widemen on either flank, which could cause problems for teams when Chelsea need a goal.
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