Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is unsure whether his former club should re-sign Didier Drogba this summer, but believes that with a new striker they can win the Premier League title next season.
The 47-year-old Italian reflected positively on Chelsea's overall performances in 2013/14, despite the fact that the west London outfit finished the campaign empty-handed.
Jose Mourinho's men were knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by Atletico Madrid, and finished in third place in the Premier League table, behind champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool.
Early exits in both the League Cup and FA Cup meant the Portuguese tactician's second first season at Stamford Bridge ended without a trophy, but Zola thinks there is plenty of reason to be optimistic moving forward.
"They did well," he told GiveMeSport at Wentworth during the celebrity Pro-Am ahead of the BMW PGA Championship this week. "At the end of the day at the end of the season they didn't get probably what they were expecting, but it hasn't been an easy season for anybody apart from Manchester City.
"Chelsea will certainly do better next season."
Pressed for a reason why Chelsea fell short in the Premier League title race, the former Blues striker refused to criticise Mourinho, before hinting that his limited options in attack had a significant impact.
With neither Fernando Torres nor Demba Ba able to rediscover their best form, and Samuel Eto'o not having the desired success following his free transfer move from Anzhi Makhachkala, the loaning out of Romelu Lukaku left the Blues boss short on striker options.
"Certainly it is one area that [Jose] Mourinho said they need to look for so we'll see what they do [in the summer]," Zola continued. "[But] I'm not the manager, I don't want to be right now.
"The point is they didn't achieve what they wanted maybe because they were lacking something in the team. But it's something that Mourinho knows exactly what it is and they'll try to sort it out."
With recent speculation suggesting that Drogba could be poised for a return to Chelsea following the expiry of his Galatasaray contract after the World Cup this summer, Zola questioned whether - at the age of 36 - the Ivory Coast international could still be as effective, with Mourinho likely to look to the future rather than the past.
"As a fan Drogba left a huge memory, a good memory there," he concluded. "Whether it's what Chelsea is looking for, I don't know? Mourinho is the manager and he knows what they need."