Jose Mourinho's '19th century football' comments on West Ham and their manager Sam Allardyce has successfully distracted press attention from Chelsea's performance on the pitch.

Despite, having 72% possession and 39 efforts on goal during Wednesday's goalless draw, Chelsea failed to find the net.

Mourinho might have quipped: “The only [other] thing I could bring was a Black and Decker [tool] to destroy the wall” but this doesn't change the fact that his side lacks a top quality striker.

Chelsea's options up front are limited at best. The injured Fernando Torres is not the player he once was. Demba Ba is far from good enough. Samuel Eto'o is at best a stop-gap solution who cannot be relied upon to score every game.

Mourinho will no doubt have a list of targets lined up for the summer. If he wants to challenge Manchester City this season, though, he will need to sign someone quickly before the transfer window slams shut. Here are five strikers he should target...


Diego Costa

Brazilian-born forward Diego Costa has been scoring for fun this season, finding the net 19 times 21 league appearances.

An out-and-out goalscorer, Costa is the complete modern forward. Standing at 6ft 2, he is powerful enough to act as a target man but combines this with pace and excellent dribbling abilities.

Given that Atletico Madrid would presumably quite like to keep hold of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Chelsea already have Petr Cech, a swap plus cash deal would seem to make sense.


Christian Benteke

If Mourinho can't have Didier Drogba why not bring in the next best thing?

Big and strong but still only 23-years-old, the Belgium international could be the perfect foil for the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian. On top of this, Benteke is blessed with the instinctive ability to score goals.

Even this year when he has supposedly struggled, he has still managed to score seven times in 16 starts. That's almost one goal every two games in a weak Aston Villa side.

With the creative talents of Chelsea's players around him, Benteke would flourish.

Karim Benzema

Benzema has never really been taken into the hearts of Real Madrid faithful. Barely a transfer window seems to pass without the Frenchman being linked with a move away from the Bernabeu.

Mourinho has worked with the Frenchman before, however, and got the best out of him. Under the Special One's guidance, Benzema had his most prolific spells. In the three seasons Mourinho managed him, Benzema scored 78 goals in all competitions.

Aged 26, Benzema is entering the peak of his career. Mourinho could make him a Chelsea legend.

Edinson Cavani

Free-scoring Uruguayan international Edison Cavani has found the net thirteen times in Ligue 1 this season and a further four times in the Champions League.

A natural striker, Cavani was adored by the fans at his previous club Napoli who compared him to the great Diego Maradona. Unlike the rest of Chelsea's striking options Cavani is the most clinical of finishers and - perhaps crucially for Mourinho - a tireless worker.

Rumours have suggested that Chelsea were looking at a summer move for Cavani. They should fast forward their thinking immediately.

Mario Balotelli

With AC Milan sitting 10th in Serie A, star striker Mario Balotelli could be sensing it is time to move back to the Premier League.

Like Benzema, Balotelli is a Mourinho old boy. The special one and Mario conquered all before them back at Inter Milan in 2009. Always at his best when he has something to prove, Balotelli would relish scoring the goals that deny his former club Man City the title.

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