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Five strikers who could solve Chelsea’s forward dilemma

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Over the course of this season Chelsea’s midfield has done a sterling job of covering up for the fact that their strike force has woefully under-performed.

Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o have managed to muster just 16 goals in the Premier League between them, a figure that Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has achieved almost twice over single-handedly.

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It is a recurrent theme in recent times for the Greater London club who, after three seasons of expecting so much more from Torres, are in desperate need of a forward to fill the hole that was once so exceptionally exploited by Didier Drogba.

It probably didn’t help the collective confidence of the Chelsea strike trio when Jose Mourinho was secretly recorded slating them – stating that he had a front line that couldn’t find the back of the net. Since then only Demba Ba has offered any sort of glimmer of potency up top, scoring two goals in his last two appearances.

If Mourinho’s men are serious about challenging for the Premier League title as well as the Champions League on a regular basis then owning a thirty goal a season hit-man is imperative. He may have scored the goal that has taken them into the Champions League semi-final, but Ba is in no way Chelsea’s answer to the likes of Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo or PSG’S very own footballing wizard Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

So then, if this is going to be the season that Torres finally gets put out of his misery – who should be Mourinho’s marquee summer signing? The use of the word ‘should’ as opposed to ‘will’ is quite deliberate here; Chelsea’s style of play is heavily influential on whether a striker will be successful or not, and therefore Mourinho should refrain from buying any old front-man just because of having a healthy scoring record in a different set-up.  In other words, Chelsea need a target man.

They need Someone who has the strength and tenacity to hold the ball up and lay it off, but also a forward who has the confidence as well as the pace and aggression to run at defenders; they need Didier Drogba Mark II. Here are the five Centre Forwards that would go some way towards filling the void left behind by the Ivorian juggernaut:                                            

Diego Costa

The recently converted Spanish hit-man has been this seasons surprise package with 26 goals in La Liga and 34 in all competitions for Atletico Madrid. Costa is renowned for having an explosive turn of pace and, at times, an overly aggressive nature.

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Perhaps, though, and most importantly is his ability to drive at the opposition defence and bully his way through on goal, which is most definitely something Chelsea have lacked since Drogba and Torres has lacked since leaving Liverpool. A £35m figure has already been reportedly mentioned between the two clubs, however, the deal could well be eclipsed by the mighty spending power of Monaco and an offer of a tax-free salary.

Radamel Falcao 

Monaco FC’s recent interest in Diego Costa has caused the Radamel Falcao rumour mill to start spinning once more, and yet again he has fallen straight back onto Chelsea’s radar. Falcao is perhaps more of a clinical finisher than Costa and even more adept at holding up the ball and spraying it left and right.

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Falcao’s aerial ability would surely be a perfect match for the Blues, as Chelsea’s tactical approach heavily relies on the front-man bringing the ball down and feeding players such as Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Schuurle in on goal. Unfortunately, though, Falcao poses a high risk factor for Mourinho as he has spent most of the campaign sidelined with a serious knee injury. Torres was signed by Chelsea for £50m after returning from a similar injury and look how that has turned out.

Mario Mandzukic 

Mandzukic is an interesting one to say the least. He has played a pivotal role in Bayern Munich’s success this season, and yet he has never really won the fans or, more importantly, the manager over. The towering Yugoslavian has always seemed like a short term solution to a problem that has now been resolved by the signing of Robert Lewandowski.

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Oh well, Bayern’s loss would most definitely be Chelsea’s gain (unless Arsenal pull off something miraculous). He is a big game player with the ability to hold up play and draw an entire back line towards him, thus enabling the onrushing midfield to run in behind. He has 25 goals in all competitions, as well as 4 assists and Impressively, yet, is the fact that he has the highest shot accuracy percentage of any striker in Europe, at 71% – even the great Leo Messi can only manage 66%. What’s more, Chelsea have the second highest shots per game ratio in the Premier League at 17.4. Bringing the big man to the Bridge would be a stroke of genius as it would surely signal the start of absolute goal-fest for the Greater London side.

Karim Benzema

The chance of this happening is almost non-existent, but it is a nice idea, nonetheless. The 185cm ballet-dancing bulldozer has formed an entente with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo this season that has yielded 86 goals in all competitions, 23 of which coming from the Frenchman.

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Therefore, Carlo Ancelotti would be a little bit mad to want to sell the Centre Forward this summer. However, for the sake of Benzema’s potential talents, moving to Stamford Bridge would be an absolute blessing, as all the while that Ronaldo and Bale are at Real, Benzema will never reach world class status. He is a player that, to get the absolute best out of, needs to be the focal point at the top of the pitch driving the team towards goal. He has pace, finishing, incredible ball control and a intuitive eye for an assist on goal – setting up 44 in his last three seasons. What’s more, Mourinho has the added bonus of already working with the Real front-man and knows how to get the very best out of him.

Romelu Lukaku      

Why not stick with what you’ve got? If it is his age that Mourinho is worried about, then time may be running out, not for Lukaku, but for the Chelsea manager. The 20 year old warrior is already proving he has what it takes to score goals for fun and torment even the tightest of defences, finding the back of the net against the likes of LiverpoolManchester City, and more recently, Arsenal.

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The on-loan starlet has netted an impressive 14 goals in 29 outings this season and has so far remained ambivalent as to where he will be plying his trade next season. It also seems as though Mourinho is more interested in the earning rather goal scoring potential of the Belgian powerhouse, who is likely to see his price-tag inflate considerably if he is to have the type of World Cup that many are predicting. Hopefully, though, Lukaku’s performances in Brazil will help change the Chelsea managers mind regarding the striker’s future at the club, as, with each performance, the Belgian is looking more and more reminiscent of a certain Didier Drogba in his prime. The big Ivorian even says so himself.

Honourable mentions….

Robert Lewandowski – The Polish goal machine would have potentially been a perfect target man for Mourinho’s Chelsea…had he not just signed for Bayern Munich.

Fernando Llorente – Three seasons ago Llorente was in the kind of form that would have seen him score goals for Chelsea with his eyes closed. He has all the attributes they are looking for, but unfortunately since joining Juventus, his goal-scoring form has alluded him.

Whoever Mourinho decides to raid his war chest for this summer it is crucial that he spends wisely, or risk ending up with a strike force that is the laughing stock of Europe…again.

Comments (7)

  1. In all of the above players mention,i can say that only costa and mandzukic has the power and prolific stature that can withstand the demand of chelsea and their fans.However,the price for costa seems higher so therefore i will prefer swansea’s Wilfred Bonny and Mario Mandzukic to costa or any other player.Moreover i know that Mourhino will always get the best for the blues so whoever emerges will be welcome with open arms to the blues family.I say ‘AYIKOO’ to all chelsea fans.

  2. we need diego costa nd mario mandzukic nd romelu lukaku we luv u all God blessed u all

  3. 2 me,

    i wud luv 2 see D.costa n Oscar playin 2geda bcox d luk lik Brothers.
    Mor ova, he wil enjoy playin wt his Brasilian playaz unlyk spain.
    N also add Hulk or Cavani 2 D.costa,

    bring in Pogba or Vidal 2 replace Lampard.
    Bring Marcelo 4 A.cole.

    Cal bk Courtois n our Squad wil b d Best

    • Yes but how much will that cost. Its true, that is a good set of players that you have above the would perform at a high level, and make Chelsea achieve many acheivments. BUT, mourinho doesn’t have that much money, all of the players you mentioned above will worth all least 100-200 million pounds. During a conference, mourinho said that they can only afford one striker, he hasn’t mentioned who is is, but diego Costa has more of a chance as any other with his 32 million price tag and talks and meetings have already happened negotiating the strikers move to Stamford bridge.
      However, both cavani and lavezzi, the PSG striking duo, said to friends they want to move to Stamford bridge, keeping mourinho on high alert. Cavani is sick of playing second to zlatan ibrahimovic and lavezzi just wants to leave. Both the striking duo will cost mourinho about £80 million. Cavani with a proce tag of about £55 million and lavezzi with about £20-£30 million.

  4. Lukaku, and Costa for me, Cortois to return from loan and be our new number one. I would also bring back Wallace, Piazon, and t hazard.
    Cfc for life!!

  5. Costa is d man we need, nowadays u need to sell b4 u buy any player so we should sell lukaku then add money to it nd buy costa b4 monaco snash it from us, blue for life nd blue is d colour

  6. Costa a very good cf but i dont think chelsea need more than one striker.as we have Lukaku with 13 goals, Baford with 25 goals in chanpoinship, Asu piazon. Let bring one or two to understudy Costa or who ever chelsea want to buy. Let see if we can make a fortune out of them when they become stars like costa etc. Chelsea have great talent out there we need to bring them out. After Matic lost i felt we need to build. Chelsea had all oportunity to bony but we went for van gikle and we also had both as offers. Plz bring Baford!