Chelsea were linked with a summer move for Stephan El Shaarawy in the summer as Jose Mourinho was keen on adding a striker to his ranks.

The Portuguese tactician ended up opting to sign Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer from Anzhi Makhachkala rather than spending around £30million on Italy international El Shaarawy.

However Mourinho may look to rekindle his interest in January, particularly as the 21-year-old has struggled for games this season.

The striker has played just two games for the Italian giants so far this season, with Mario Balotelli, Alessandro Matri and Robinho all ahead of El Shaarawy in Milan's pecking order.

Recent reports suggest Arsenal could make a January move for El Shaarawy, however the former Genoa striker would surely relish the chance of playing under Mourinho.

Chelsea are in desperate in need of a striker and it seems like El Shaarawy just needs a loving arm around his shoulder.

The former Genoa forward has all the credentials to be world class but needs to be playing regularly if he is to realise his potential.

El Shaarawy's Serie A record of 18 goals in 61 games may not be the most outstanding tally but it must be said that a third of his league appearances for AC Milan have been from the substitutes' bench.

Chelsea's current striking trio of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Eto'o seem to be lacking in creativity and confidence at the moment, which are two qualities that El Shaarawy is definitely not lacking in.

Torres remains Chelsea's first-choice striker as both Ba and Eto'o have scored a combined total of just one goal for the Blues so far this season.

El Shaarawy, who will desperately be wanting to play first-team football between now and next summer's 2014 World Cup, could be the missing part of Chelsea's puzzle.

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