Could Hazard be an out and out striker? (©GettyImages)
Could Hazard be an out and out striker? (©GettyImages).

Who should Chelsea have up top for the run in?

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If you where to evaluate the somewhat dull plethora of striking talent Chelsea have to offer you would be excused for assuming that the Blues weren't going to be able to rely on a sole front man for goals this season.

Before you mercilessly attack me for forgetting that Chelsea are looking increasingly likely to sign either Diego Costa or Radamal Falcao in the summer, I do feel that although either will be a heavily welcomed addition to a great team.

However we must not forget Real Madrid are also breathing down Atletico's necks in regards to Diego Costa. Under that logic I feel that Chelsea must find a filler for the ever widening gap in front of the delightful trio of Oscar, Willian and of course Eden Hazard. Lets face it, Jose Mourinho has given Fernando Torres more chances to find his form than he necessarily deserves and Demba Ba has had minimal time on the pitch.

Inevitably I also find myself beckoning towards the rather controversial issue of Samuel Eto'o. Putting his age aside Eto'o is a very good player and will score some very important goals for the Blues this season, but I still can't help feeling that he lacks that cutting edge he seemed to have in abundance during his time at Inter and Barcelona.

Any player who finds themselves at a rich Russian club, while having a few Champions League medals gathering dust in their cabinet surely must feel that they're career is on its last legs. If I'm honest with you I see dear old Eto'o as an ageing rusty car that will take you to the shops and back but it won't win you silverware. Mourinho has done what he can to restart the Cameroonian's spluttering engine but I feel that this may be his one and only season at the Bridge. For these reasons I feel that Chelsea have three options for the rest of this campaign.

1) Trust the youth. You only have to glance towards Milton Keynes and Derby to see for yourself the amazing destruction a certain Patrick Bamford has had on the League One and Championship defences respectively. The starlet is a born centre forward who appears to be scoring for fun this season.

You only have to look back at the other times youth has been given a chance on the big stage, - Wayne Rooney, Adnan Janujaz etc - to see how potent a force it can be. Teamed with Oscar and Hazard, Bamford could easily take a bite out of Suarez's match wining acclaim.

However delightful this premise may seem in my head I do know that we may be unable to recall Bamford from his loan at Derby. Before you lambast me for forgetting the obvious Romelu Lukaku in this, I know for a fact he is unable to return to Chelsea until the summer.

2) Put Hazard upfront? For what seems like an eternity now pundits across the country have been likening Eden Hazard to Lionel Messi. Thanks to his nimble foot work, his incredible skill and shooting power, Hazard has dutifully earned this acclaim.

In my opinion, if the Belgian is like Messi why not play him like Messi? For many years now Barcelona have played their little magician in a false nine formation with him leading the line and if I'm honest I think it has worked for them. In my opinion Hazard would score in excess of 20 goals a season if he where trusted to lead the Chelsea line.

Whatever happened in those circumstances would he be worse than the challenged trio Torres, Eto'o and Ba? I doubt it somehow. The Premier League has long dreamt of and needs a player who commands a class of his own... Why not give Hazard that chance? 

3) Andre Schurrle up front? I witnessed both against Stoke and Fulham that Chelsea's new German certainly knows how to score. Schurrle single handedly put Fulham to the sword with three very well placed shots and every time I see Schurrle on the wing for some reason I feel it's not where he belongs.

All of his terrific strikes against the Cottagers where taken in number nine areas. Further still I believe some of these strikes where set up by Hazard who had rather luckily, or skilfully, popped up in Schurrle's starting position. All things considered Schurrle may be best in a second striker role supporting or being supported by the hapless Torres.

All things considered it may be best to wait a few months and work with what we have for the moment. After all Eto'o appears to be finding his feet and Mourinho has got us to the top of the table without a stand out center forward. The lure of Costa or Falcao next season seems a tantalising prospect that is worth a few months wait.

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