Chelsea seem to have made a perfect start to the 2013/2014 season but the one thing that might still be a headache for manager Jose Mourinho is who should be the first choice striker?
Let’s look at each option as well as the option of signing a new striker and from that maybe we can see who should have the role as Mourinho’s star front man.
A £7.5million transfer from Newcastle United in January, he has had indifferent form in his Chelsea career. He has only scored six goals in his 23 Chelsea appearances, although he has scored some amazing goals versus Manchester United and Manchester City in the F.A Cup.
He is a front man with some resemblances to a former Chelsea player Nicolas Anelka. Although he isn’t the best on the ball, he is fast enough to out-pace defenders and get into dangerous positions. What he does lack is the charisma and presence, two things that are needed to be a formidable striker.
He is however a good player to have as a back-up plan and his ego doesn’t seem to be too large so he wouldn’t mind sitting on the bench and being a team player.
The twenty-year-old is one for the future; the next Didier Drogba you could say. But is he ready to be first choice striker yet? He has only made 14 appearances for Chelsea in his entire career at the Bridge but he did have a fantastic loan spell at West Brom in the 2012/2013 season, scoring 17 goals in 38 games.
This is an amazing return from such a young player and it was a season that made people sit up and notice this Belgium prodigy.
Should Chelsea take the risk of letting him start every game? Maybe he could become something great, but alternatively he could lose all confidence and destroy his career. This will be a situation that Mourinho must monitor carefully.
The £50million man himself. He is the most 'accomplished' of the three players and has a good scoring record to prove it. He was Chelsea’s top scorer last season with 22 in all competitions and looked positive as a front man.
He did however have a lower scoring record in the league with scoring only eight, and this is something that Mourinho will be wary of. With all this being said, Fernando Torres seems to be the best choice for starting striker, at least for this season.
Importing a striker
The other option to solve this striker dilemma is to bring in another striker.
Chelsea have been linked with both Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney, even having put in a bid for the latter. Arsenals have been keeping tabs on Suarez and seem pretty intent on bringing him to the Emirates so we'll focus on Rooney.
Would he come to Chelsea? Would he even fit in? And would he solve the striker problem at Chelsea.
In my opinion I feel he would come to Chelsea if Manchester United allow him. I think he would walk into the first team and in all honesty I see him grabbing a decent amount of goals for Chelsea. However Chelsea would then have four strikers, maybe Ba would be sold, but regardless would Mourinho be able to handle both Rooney and Torres’ egos while nurturing the talent of Lukaku? Only time will tell but if anyone can do it, The Special one can.
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