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When I heard Antonio Conte revealing to reporters on Friday that Alvaro Morata and Oliver Giroud could feature in the same team, it filled me with pleasure.

Over the years in football, not just Chelsea, we’ve seen strikers that have different attributes combine to make a devastating link.

I grew up watching a Chelsea team that had Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen spearheading the attack.

Hasselbaink’s strength along with the versatility of a young Gudjohnsen was the main reason why Chelsea came close to winning trophies, not long before Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

Hasselbaink Gudjohnsen
Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink tore apart defences in their prime

Giroud by no means has the finishing and flair that Hasselbaink possessed in his prime. However, he does provide an aerial threat and his instincts as a goal poacher is commendable.

Morata has been in a similar situation before. The Spaniard played with his compatriot Fernando Llorente at Juventus and the two gelled nicely. Even though Carlos Tevez was the main man in their team, Morata and Llorente always offered something different in attack.

The partnership between Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen gave the sublime Gianfranco Zola freedom to roam in Claudio Ranieri’s side. This is something Morata and Giroud could offer Eden Hazard who you assume would play in a similar role.

The sooner Conte allows the pair to adapt in the same team the better. With the FA Cup clash against Hull City around the corner, it wouldn’t hurt to play the two together on Friday.

Morata, Giroud and Hazard could be the key for us in climbing big obstacles against both Manchester sides and Barcelona in the coming weeks.

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