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Chelsea looking for long-term solution to striker dilemma

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has started searching for a striker who can serve Chelsea for many years.

Mourinho was present to watch the international match between Serbia and Croatia in Belgrade. The rumors were about watching two Serbian players; Lazar Markovic and former Chelsea player Nemanja Matic.

"The transfer window is over. I came here to enjoy this game, I love football and I love excitement it brings. I came here only to support Ivanovic. I always support my players," said Mourinho.

But Chelsea are looking for a pure striker who can score lots of goals for them. Didier Drogba left Chelsea after winning the Champions League in 2012 with the Blues. Since then, it has been a severe problem for Chelsea to find goals from strikers.

A total of 147 goals was scored by Chelsea players in 2012/13 season. Only 30 goals were scored by strikers (Torres 22, Ba six and Sturridge two) with a percentage of 20%. Strikers' contribution in the Premier League is even poorer, with 15% only. Out of 75 goals only 11 goals scored by Chelsea strikers (Torres eight, Ba two and Sturridge one) in 2012/13 season.

Torres was signed on 31 January 2011 for an undisclosed fee reported to be £50m. But he never really lived up to the expectations and believed to be suffering from lack of confidence for his goal drought.

He scored his first goal for Chelsea against West Ham United, ending 903 minutes without scoring of a goal and that was his only goal for Chelsea in 2010/11 season with 18 appearances. He then managed to score 6 and 8 goals in 2011/12 and 2012/13 season respectively.

To reduce pressure on Torres, Chelsea signed Demba Ba from Newcastle United on 4 January 2013. But he only managed to score two goals for the rest of that season having made 14 appearances.

After Mourinho's return, it was thought that Mourinho would recruit one or two goal-machine strikers. But he only managed to sign Samuel Eto'o from Anzhi Makhachkala on a one-year deal.

Romelu Lukaku has been loaned out to Everton for the whole season and Chelsea are left with two misfiring strikers - one of which is unproven in the Premier League. So it's essential that Chelsea bring in attacking reinforcements.

In Belgrade, there were rumours that Mourinho was watching Markovic and Matic, but ended up being heavily impressed by 18-year-old Serbian wonder-kid Aleksandar Mitrovic. In an interview after the match, the Portuguese said to Belgian press Sportwereld: "Mirtovic was the best player on the pitch.

"He managed to keep the ball well and that was the key. That boy has everything to be a European star."

Chelsea are already on a scouting mission for the best solution to their striker dilemma. If the trio (Eto'o, Torres and Ba) don't start firing, Mourinho will definitely spend in the January transfer window...

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