One trait no Chelsea striker has been able to claim to hold since the departure of Didier Drogba several seasons ago has been consistency and that has been especially true this season, as Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have mostly been unable to find the back of the net despite the time they get on the field, showing up the frankly unbelievable striker situation at the club.
Players who have always carried the number 9 with tremendous success at previous clubs seem to lose their ability to score from the moment they arrive in London to ply their trade for their new owner, as shows the examples of the Torres who, although on the down, was still a decent goalscorer for Liverpool and had been absolutely phenomenal there previously - and Demba Ba, who before his arrival at Chelsea had been going through a purple patch for Newcastle United but has scored incredibly little for his current employers.
This problem seemed to be on the brink of being resolved with the development of Romelu Lukaku, who was vital to West Bromwich Albion last season, scoring 17 goals for the Baggies over the course of his loan season there; but Jose Mourinho and the club decided to send him off for another season away at a Premier League rival, this time Everton for whom he has been playing exceptionally.
Therefore the search continues for another quality striker in London, but their chase of Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has so far been unsuccessful and, right at the moment when the newly-opened transfer window could provide the platform to find a goalscorer, Eto’o and even more so Torres seem to have stepped up to the plate and have scored in the last three league games - two going to Torres and one to Eto’o, perhaps bringing renewed confidence to Stamford Bridge.
This bizarre situation is making a mess of Chelsea fans and their continually-shifting opinions, but will surely be resolved some way or another by Mourinho, the self-proclaimed ‘Happy One’.
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