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Chelsea's front three: Who should it be?

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Jose Mourinho's new look Chelsea are widely known to have an assortment of young talent, particularly in the attacking midfield roles.

With the Portuguese manager favouring a 4-2-3-1 formation, team selection has not proven the easiest task, even for the self-proclaimed Special One.

This conundrum has further been intensified by Chelsea's lack of a striker who can score on a regular basis. Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o all possess undeniable quality, but consistency is what has eluded all three front men so far.

Moreover, Romelu Lukaku has been scoring for fun since his move on loan to Everton, raising further doubts about Mourinho's selection policies.

So, with three strikers well past their prime, Chelsea's major concern is which three offensive midfielders to deploy behind the frontman. Let's take a look at Jose's options...

Oscar

The one player who has been consistently good and has cemented his place in the starting XI is Oscar.

The Brazilian youngster really appears to have come of age this season after a strong showing for his nation in the Confederations Cup, and is probably the only midfielder who warrants a constant selection for the Blues.

Eden Hazard

The second option is Eden Hazard.

On potential alone, Hazard probably showed the most out of all of Chelsea's recent signings in the last few years.

He set the league alight with his performances at the start of last season, but recently those sparks of magic have become far too sporadic to elevate him to the level of some of the world's top wingers.

If he attains consistency however, Hazard should certainly get a start for Chelsea this season.

Juan Mata

Then we have Juan Mata, arguably Chelsea's best player over the last two seasons.

While Mata's technique cannot be faulted, he was a player whose name was synonymous with consistency.

Missing out on a full pre-season with the club, along with Mourinho's rotation policies, has led to the Spaniard getting less game time than before.

If reports are to be believed, Mata definitely isn't one of Jose's favourites at the club, hence why he's had to fight hard to get onto the pitch for the Blues.

It's true that his early season performances were far from impressive, but in the more recent matches Mata has shown that class is indeed permanent, and is beginning to make a very strong case for a starting berth at Stamford Bridge.

Andre Schurrle

The fourth option in this role is Andre Schurrle.

Having signed this year for the Blues from Bayer Leverkusen, Schurrle has been handed a fair amount of game time, but is yet to emulate the form he showed back in the Bundesliga less than 12 months ago.

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne is Jose's fifth option for this role. Though he got a lot of game time during the pre-season and early season matches for the club, a shortage of game changing performances led to him occupying the bench more often than not in recent weeks. 

Chelsea's 3-1 win over Norwich City may have come as a relief for most Chelsea fans, but raised yet another youngster's case for a start at the club.

Willian

The Brazilian scored a fantastic goal against the Canaries, coupled with a solid performance.

The £32 million-man from Shakhtar Donetsk possesses pace, trickery, vision and a fine finish.

He looked good on debut against Swiss side FC Basel at the Bridge earlier in the season as well, and is surely knocking on the door of the manager's office.

So, with six explosive top class talents available, the 'Special One' may just be finding out how too many cooks spoil the broth.

Moreover, with so many high-profile players involved, he would not risk leaving any one of them out too long and seek to cause discontent within the Chelsea ranks.

However, seeing what went on at Real Madrid last season, we all know that Jose will never allow any ego to be greater than his own, and his rule will be final.

If he does find the correct combination soon though, not many people would bet against Chelsea challenging for silverware this season.

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