Chelsea have now played two Premier League games this season and scored four goals. None of these goals have come from a striker.
While that’s not much to worry about at this point considering they have had three different scorers (opener against Aston Villa was an own goal), there is a point when they are going to need to make sure they have a striker contributing to their goal tally if they really want to push for the title this season.
For example, look at Manchester United: two seasons ago they lost the league title on goal difference to Manchester City; in the summer they brought in the Premier League’s top scorer in Robin van Persie.
The Dutchman started where he left off at Arsenal finishing top scorer in the Premier League and helping to guide United back to the summit of English football.
Last season, Chelsea finished with two players scoring over 10 goals in the league, that was midfielder Frank Lampard (15) and Juan Mata (12). Demba Ba did score 15 overall, but only two of his goals came after joining Chelsea in January.
In their opener against Hull on Sunday Jose Mourinho opted to start Fernando Torres up front. The Spanish striker had a busy summer playing in the Confederations Cup for Spain, so that may be why he didn’t look fully fit.
But some sections of the Chelsea fan base will be wondering if the Spaniard has been given too many chances.
Yesterday, Mourinho left Torres out of the squad completely and went for Ba. Although Ba looked a lot more lively than Torres and was willing to make runs in behind the defence – something we didn’t see Torres do at all against Hull – he was too easily caught off side each time and never got a proper chance to threat Guzan in goal.
Romelu Lukaku has been brought on towards the end of each of the two opening fixtures and both times he has looked like a bigger threat than the two men who started ahead of him.
Last night his pace and strength won the free-kick that led to Branislav Ivanovic’s winner.
The allusions to Didier Drogba are endless with the two strikers having great strength, speed and aerial presence.
Having that pressure on your back at such a young age may be hard to handle for the young Belgium international, but looking at his performance last season on loan at West Brom it looks like this young man has the ability to handle it.
He finished the season with 17 league goals, which is an impressive stat consider he was often used from the substitute bench.
Mourinho has shown he isn’t completely satisfied with the strikers he has at his disposal by his pursuit for unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, a pursuit that has seen two bids in the region of £25 million rejected by the current league champions.
If the pattern Jose Mourinho has went with so far in picking his strikers is anything to go by then it may well be Lukaku’s chance to shine at Old Trafford next Monday.
And if he plays like he did the last time he played against United scoring a hat trick, he might just show Jose Mourinho that he doesn’t need Wayne Rooney.
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