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Chelsea are undoubtedly one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League, and a powerhouse in European football. The instant success since the start of Abramovich’s reign has created a sense of invincibility around Stamford Bridge. Now with the world’s greatest manager back at the helm, they are surely destined for greater things. But they will not reach new heights, or set new records, or win more trophies, until they sign a world class striker.
Possessing possibly the greatest array of midfield players in the modern game, from offensive to defensive, the quality of strength in depth and the experience mixed with youth makes Chelsea’s midfield a force to be reckoned with. Atsu and Romeu, to name but two, hugely exciting prospects have been sent out on loan to gain more experience. Add to this the fact that a player of Juan Mata’s stature can be allowed to leave, because he spent more time on the bench than on the pitch, Mourinho is simply spoilt for choice.
Chelsea have relied heavily on players like Oscar and Hazard to score the goals from midfield, which is good news for an often misfiring Chelsea strike force. Ba the Eto’o hat trick against Manchester United, Chelsea attacking options have looked limited. Torres is not the player who first signed for Rafa at Liverpool. Demba Ba is a good striker but not at the level of a team challenging for the title, whilst Eto’o’s best days are long gone. The once prolific and deadly striker of Inter and Barcelona can at times look clumsy and sluggish. Lukaku is one promising sign for Chelsea, but he is still a few years from leading the line for a club of Chelsea’s stature, along with so many other players, like todays signing of Kurt Zouma, he is one for the future.
Chelsea need to spend big on a world class striker, they need a presence upfront, they need a new Drogba. Their options however, are limited, Manchester United seem unlikely to let Rooney leave and are hurrying to tie him down to a long term contract. Falcao remains injured for a long period of time, Cavani may have not even finished unpacking in Paris, Diego Costa is a vital part of Atletico Madrid’s push for the title, a race which they remain very much involved in, and lewandowski has already penned a pre-contractual agreement with Bayern.
But the arrival of Borussia Dortmund’s star man in Munich at the end of the season, along with Guardiola’s persistence of surrounding one striker with lots of creative midfielders, may mean that Mario Mandukic’s first team opportunities could be limited. The Croation international scores goals, has lead the line for the best team in Europe for well over a year, and is most certainly a domineering presence. He could be a perfect fit.
Chelsea though may be hesitant to pay a big sum for a striker, down simply to previous ventures and arrivals that didn’t quite make the cut. Players like Mutu, Crespo, Shevchenko and Torres all flattered to deceive, unable to positively influence Chelsea’s push for dominance.
To be in with a shout of more European glory, and to be able to consistently challenge Manchester City for what looks to be their title this season and many more to come, Chelsea need a world class striker. A striker that looks unlikely to arrive until the summer.
Maybe Mourinho’s problem doesn’t lie in where to find a player of that calibre, but to look upon a fellow manager and his confidence in turning two average midfielders, into two of Arsenals greatest strikers.

About Charlie Clark

I am currently in the final year of a Media Studies degree at the University of Derby. I would love one day to venture into sports media, but for now I am excited to write for FootyBlog.net, and share my views and opinions on the beautiful game. I am a huge football fan and I have the pleasure of supporting Tottenham Hotspur, which constantly keeps me on my toes!

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