Chelsea FC have finally lost patience with Alvaro Morata and Maurizio Sarri will try to sign a new striker in the January transfer window.
The 25-year-old striker has struggled to adjust to the demands of Premier League football ever since his £65 million move to Stamford Bridge in 2017.
The Chelsea board have been desperate to give him the time to prove he can be the main 20-goal as season goalscorer they need – but have now conceded that is unlikely to happen.
The Blues know they need to take the goal-scoring burden off Eden Hazard to ensure he remains at the peak of his game, not just in front of goal but also as the creative force in the side.
They had hoped Morata would finally settle in London this season and find the kind of form in front of goal which saw him shine at Real Madrid and Juventus.
However, the striker may never produce his best in West London.
There is an acceptance both at coaching and board level that the lack of a genuine top-class striker in the squad is a huge area of weakness.