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Chelsea must buy a proper striker

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Eto'o may struggle to cut it at Chelsea. (©GettyImages)
Eto'o may struggle to cut it at Chelsea. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea's goal-scoring methods are unconventional to say the least.

Whereas other teams rely on their frontmen to provide the bulk of the goals and those who play behind them to assist, the current Chelsea squad seem to hit the back more frequently by way of their abundance of creative midfielders- and they are void of a clinical frontman.

In Jose Mourinho's first stint in charge at Stamford Bridge he had the dominant and ever-potent Didier Drogba to do the business when it mattered most, but this time around there seems to be distinct lack a key figure up top who can be relied upon to put the ball in the back of the net.

United have Van Persie, Arsenal have Olivier Giroud, City have Sergio Aguero, Liverpool have Suarez and even Tottenham now have Roberto Soldado. What you see at Chelsea however are three decent strikers, but no go-to-guy who strikes fear into opposition back-lines.

Fernando Torres, who was once the epitome of confidence and assured decisiveness, has seemingly lost his potency for good, Demba Ba, though unerringly effective at West Ham and Newcastle, seems to be struggling with the pressure of consistently scoring at the top and Samuel Eto'o, let's face it, can only be considered a stop-gap, a once-great striker who brings experience and knows how to find a few goals over the course of the season. None of them can be described as astutely efficient.

Mourinho's protracted pursuit of Wayne Rooney over the summer highlighted his intent at bringing in a world-class forward who can virtually guarantee 20 plus goals a season.

The likes of Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao and even Zlatan Ibrahimovic were being connected with Stamford Bridge for a time, but in the end Mourinho's hand was forced into bringing Eto'o in as a last-minute attempt at papering over the cracks that run deep in the form of Chelsea's absence of a natural finisher.

Romelu Lukaku is primed for the future, but it could be three of four years until he begins to be as effective as Drogba was, or even as regularly clinical as a top European front-man needs to be. Ba will likely be sold on either in January or at the end of the year, Eto'o is approaching 33 and people are slowly beginning to come to the unfortunate conclusion that Torres will never be the player he once was.

That leaves the Special One in a slight predicament.

Chelsea have the ability to create opportunities in abundance, and the only disadvantage I can see them currently burdened by is the lack of someone to put them away more oft than not.

How many goals could Chelsea score if Hazard, Mata, Oscar and Lampard were supplying a striker like Robin van Persie for example? I'm not by any stretch labelling him a potential target, but when it's considered that their midfielders have been finishing ahead of their strikers in terms of Premier League goals since the departure of Drogba, it's clear that they're missing a trick.

It's not that Chelsea need to change the high-levels of goals coming from the middle of the park to flying in off the boot of a number nine, nor is it that they should change their style to focus more on allowing their forward men to score. In my mind, if Chelsea were to acquire a finisher of the highest standard, their attack would become as close to perfect as you're likely to get.

Where this mystery hit-man comes from is a decision I'll leave to Jose Mourinho and his team of scouts, but in order to ensure they're capable of scoring goals when all supply-lines look blocked off, they need a striker in the most definitive sense of the word- someone who will score plenty of goals. 

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