Chelsea: New striker should not be the priority

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Whilst our very own Fernando Torres seems to be on a continuous mission to disappoint, names such as Radamel Falcao and Robert Lewandowski fly around in the tabloids.

It may be a drooling prospect for Chelsea fans, but I'm here to convince you that Chelsea aren't one striker away from challenging for the top spot once again.

In fact, we may be one (or two) midfielders away from our former glory.

When we have Juan Mata and Eden Hazard contributing to over 50% of our goals in a season, do we really need another midfielder? But these players are under the bracket of the attacking playmaker who fill the offensive trio that support Demba Ba and Torres.

What Chelsea need is a man for the double pivot.

The double pivot relies on two central midfielders, one who sits deeper than the other, but they both have the job to sit in front of the defence and protect them from oncoming attack.

As well as this, they also provide the link between the defence and Chelsea's attacking trio. We have not got a player in this position who is both positionally aware and talented in distributing the ball up and across the field. This often leads to our central midfield being overrun and prone to quick counter-attacks. I'll use our 3-2 defeat away at Newcastle as a prime example of this.

Here's who we have at the moment to fill these positions. We'll start with John Obi Mikel. He does his job pretty well as a holding midfielder. However, as a club challenging for the Premier League title, Chelsea should really be looking at someone world class.

First we had Claude Makelele, then Michael Essien (before his injury) then... Mikel. As good as he is, he doesn't compare to the world-class acts he followed. He doesn't have the ability that Makelele and Essien had to be all over the pitch with endless stamina, winning the ball and quickly distributing it.

As for Ramires: the double pivot is not his position. He thrives with space on the counter attack where he can make the most of his athletic abilities. He is a box-to-box midfielder that would flourish in a 4-3-3 system.

It is a similar story for Frank Lampard. His goalscoring ability has saved us at times this season, but as a holding player he provides little protection for our defence, and seems to have a strange habit of allowing players to go past him far too easily.

Perhaps we do need a prolific striker, but that will not sort our immediate problem of our defensive shape and inability to link our back four with our front four.

With a solid central midfield behind our extremely talented attacking trio of Mata, Hazard and Oscar, goals will come.

Who is the right man for the double pivot role, then? That's a good question, and one that must be a priority on Michael Emenalo's mind right now.


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