International striker with 66% strike rate could be perfect for Arsenal or Chelsea

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert could be available from Southampton this January according to latest reports.

Goal.com has revealed that the Southampton and England forward could be sold for the right offer this winter, as Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino builds his side and tactics around Dani Osvaldo.

It’s a bizarre decision if true because Lambert’s recent form has been rewarded in the best possible way, as he was called up to and featured in England’s recent World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine.

He scored in that match against Moldova to go with the effort he scored against Scotland on his international debut to give him a two goals from three games and a 66% strike rate in international football.

It would mean one of the most experienced current strikers in English football becoming available and potentially starting a tug of war based in London, with Arsenal and Chelsea bound to give the forward some consideration.

His club form hasn’t been fantastic this season with only one goal in the Premier League but it’s strange considering Lambert has come to embody Southampton, defining the club away from the pitch.

Arsenal should be looking to add a striker to their squad this January as cover for Olivier Giroud, with Nicklas Bendtner the primary back up if Giroud picks up an injury or suspension before the start of the winter transfer window.

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Lambert would allow the Gunners to retain that height element in attack that Giroud provides and he’s also used to playing in a team with Southampton, that like to play pass and move, slick football.

Chelsea also have their own problems up front, lacking the player to give their attack a real presence, as Jose Mourinho rotates between Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres searching for an answer.

Each of those players has proven to be exceptionally talented throughout their careers but Lambert would be better than any of them in terms of providing a strong, physical presence up front at Stamford Bridge.

Either side could do a lot worse than make a big investment in the striker because he’s managed to maintain a strike rate of close to one goal in every two matches throughout his career on the South coast with the club.

How much he’d cost is unclear but his current contract expires in the summer of 2016 and he’s only just into his 30s at 31-years-old which means it would unlikely be a cheap deal.

He could definitely do a job at either, it’s just a case of whether Arsene Wenger or Jose Mourinho wants to take a little gamble.

What do you make of the reports? Do you want your club to go after him?

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