Chelsea's beginning to the 2013/14 campaign has often appeared somewhat lethargic and laborious, with the plethora of excitement that surrounded the return of club favourite Jose Mourinho in the summer becoming somewhat mired in unnecessary transfer sagas and slightly underwhelming performances.
However, despite it appearing as if Mourinho's second reign has thus far been somewhat of a damp squib, it is crucial to remember that, without really playing anywhere near their best, that Chelsea remain nicely placed during the early stages of the title race.
While favourites Manchester United and Manchester City have wobbled in rather spectacular fashion, Chelsea have largely remained consistent - Saturday's dismal 2-0 defeat to Alan Pardew's Newcastle aside - and currently sit second in the Premier League table, five points adrift of surprise leaders Arsenal.
Chelsea have an enviable squad that - as was perfectly demonstrated by their Capital One Cup fourth round triumph over the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium last week - boasts considerable depth in most crucial positions.
While they appear sufficiently stocked at the back and in midfield, however, up front they still appear to be lacking the necessary quality needed to sustain a genuine title bid.
While previously condemned Spaniard Fernando Torres has been displaying hugely promising signs that he could finally be ready to start justifying his exorbitant £50 million price tag, veteran Samuel Eto'o appears to be finding it difficult to acclimatise to life in the furious world of the English top-flight and Demba Ba - who arrived at Stamford Bridge as a favourite of deeply unpopular interim boss Rafael Benitez - surely entering the final months of his short career in West London.
With Belgian starlet Romelu Lukaku due to spend the rest of the campaign on loan at Everton with seemingly little chance of a return before the summer, is clear that Chelsea require a new striker if they are to realise their title ambitions.
One such forward who has been linked with the club in recent weeks - as well as domestic rivals Arsenal and Manchester City and La Liga heavyweights Barcelona - is Polish international and long-term Bayern Munich target Robert Lewandowski.
The Borussia Dortmund star has gained a quite formidable reputation as one of European football's most-clinical frontmen in recent years, fully showcasing his prolific talent to gloriously devastating effect during a three-year stint in the Bundesliga at Signal Iduna Park.
It is vital - in my opinion - that Chelsea strive to use every inch of their intimidating financial muscle to ensure that Lewandowski picks the Blues over any other side - particularly Arsenal, whose capture of the striker would elevate them to firm title favourites.
The 25-year-old former Lech Poznan star - reportedly made available to the likes of Chelsea for a cut-price fee of just £7 million by his current employers in a strategic attempt to keep him well away from the clutches of rivals Bayern - is exactly what the Blues require.
Markedly better than any of their current striking options, Lewandowski is an absolute menace to opposition defenders and combines an impressive physicality with admirable grace and technique which would surely see him adapt to life on these shores without too much difficulty.
Chelsea undeniably require a necessary boost in the final third from a forward with a proven goalscoring record in one of Europe's toughest leagues.
Lewandowski certainly fits that bill.
With him in the ranks striking fear into the minds of opposition defences the length and breadth of the country, Chelsea would stroll to title glory ahead of their nearest rivals. It is pivotal that they get to him first and keep him away from Arsenal.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms