This summer proved to be a frustrating one for Chelsea fans after their search for a star striker dissolved quickly.
Three names in particular spring to mind who were heavily linked with moves away during the transfer window. Edinson Cavani looked certain to move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Manchester City chasing the forward. Real Madrid were also linked however the Uruguayan striker moved to Paris-Saint-Germain for a club record 64 million euros.
Radamel Falcao then followed Cavani to France, the Colombian joined Monaco for £51m. The former Atletico Madrid man was a former Chelsea target however the French club with a billionaire owner offered Falcao a deal too good to turn down, with the star now earning £12m a year.
The third target, Robert Lewandowski, decided to stay at Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won the Bundesliga title with in 2011 and 2012. He also reached the Champions League final last season, most notably in the process scoring four goals against Real Madrid in the semi-finals. The team that defeated Dortmund, Bayern Munich, are favourites to sign the Pole as he is free to talk to clubs in the summer.
It doesn't look possible for Bayern to grow any stronger however if they were to bring in Lewandowski and would set them higher on the fence looking down at the rest of Europe.
However the 25-year-old has been quoted saying that he would love to play in the Premier League. With Manchester United and Manchester City now on red alert, Chelsea need to take action fast. That may mean making a monetary bid in January if it means beating their competitors to the signing of Lewandowski.
Chelsea need to compete both domestically and in Europe. They beat Bayern to win the Champions League in 2012 but since then the German club have taken the standard to a new level. Chelsea cannot afford to lose another available world class forward, particularly not to a European rival.
To win a domestic title, you need a goalscorer. Jose Mourinho's Chelsea lack a striker playing with confidence and on good form. With three strikers in their locker all failing to fire on all cylinders, the title could be out of the Blues reach by the new year, with rivals Arsenal and Manchester City currently scoring for fun.
Demba Ba looked promising when he was given the chance at Norwich City in the side's last fixture, however he did not look like posing a serious goal threat.
Samuel Eto'o was brought in by Mourinho, much to the surprise of some people as many suggest that the forwards best days are behind him. The two worked together at Inter Milan however Eto'o has failed to find the net so far in a Chelsea shirt.
Romelu Lukaku has been sent out on loan once again by the London club. The man deemed not ready to start for Chelsea is enjoying life at Everton, already scoring four goals.
£50m forward Fernando Torres has been sidelined with a knee injury and despite scoring 23 goals in all competitions last season, the Spanish striker has not made the impact that many fans expected of him. The striker has 37 goals in 139 games for Chelsea, compared to 81 in 142 for his former club, Liverpool.
Compare what Chelsea have got to Lewandowski and you can see why he is hot property. England's World Cup campaign was standing on a knifedge last night due to the sheer threat of Lewandowski's attacking threat.
Chelsea like to hit on the counter and that was exactly Poland's game plan at Wembley. Lewandowski was frightening to watch with the sheer pace and clinical instinct that the number nine possesses.
He has all the components and elements that a number nine should have. He can use both feet to great effect, he appears in all of the right areas which all clinical centre forwards do. Standing six feet tall, the Polish striker portrays a strong physical presence as well as exerting blistering pace. He also shows great intelligence with and without the ball, with his vision solely between the posts.
And the statistics back up all the plaudits that he receives, with a return of 58 goals in 103 appearances for Dortmund. Last season Lewandowski scored 36 goals in all competitions, not matched by a Chelsea striker since Didier Drogba in 2010.
The Polish striker has plenty of ambition, thriving on the success he has had during his time with Dortmund. The man knows what it takes to win trophies and is hungry to win more. Every player in the world dreams of playing in and winning the Premier League, he would be more than capable of achieving this with Mourinho and Chelsea.
He is arguably the best number nine in the world. Alongside all the great players that the Premier League showcases, Robert Lewandowski would be another great addition to England and a pleasure to watch every week at Stamford Bridge.
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