This is why Chelsea and former Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will break Diego Costa Chelsea records.
JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK reckons Pierre-
Emerick Aubameyang can hit 20 goals this season
despite Chelsea’s early season struggles.
But the Blues striking legend says Auba will only be a
stop-gap solution because of his age and new boss
Graham Potter must start planning ahead.
Aubameyang signed on transfer deadline day and is
yet to score a goal.
There has also been upheaval at Stamford Bridge,
with head coach Thomas Tuchel – the Gabon striker’s
former mentor – getting sacked.
Hasselbaink, 50, who racked up 70 Premier League
goals in 136 games for Chelsea , said: “Aubameyang
did really well at Barcelona. He was scoring goals.
It’s a good signing for the next two years.
“I don’t think that it is a four or five-year signing. It’s
a two-year signing. I think he will score goals; he
knows where the back of the net is.
“He did sign for Chelsea because Tuchel was there
but as a footballer it happens that managers come
and go. His career will keep on going and he needs
to produce like any other player.. and I don’t think
that is a problem.
“Aubameyang can score 20 plus goals. Have they got
a squad to go and become champions? Not yet.
“Have they got a squad to get in the top four and
compete for an FA Cup, or get far in the Champions
“Are they going to win the Champions League?
They’re not favourites, I don’t think that they are. But
a successful season would be finishing in the top
four and winning a cup this year.
“I think he’s going to embrace it and I think Potter
will embrace him as well. I don’t see any problem
“He has only played two matches. He has not hit the
back of the net yet but that will come. you don’t
become a bad player overnight.”
Aubameyang, 33, replaces flop Romelu Lukaku who is
back on loan at Inter Milan after just one season at
Chelsea have a chequered history with strikers –
German Timo Werner also could not settle in England
and is back in the Bundesliga after two seasons.
The last Blues player to hit 20 Prem goals in a
campaign was Diego Costa in 2016-17.
Hasselbaink – who managed the feat twice – told
SafeBettingSites : “He will score as he is different to
Lukaku, he is different to Werner. They’re different
kinds of players. He’s better in small areas.
“Is his movement going to improve? Yeah, I think the
sharper he is going to become the sharper his
movement is going to be.
“You can see that he’s not there yet with a few times
offside, but with time it will get sharper and that will