Ex-Chelsea coach wants Drogba replacement in January

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Former-Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins thinks his old club will buy a new striker in January.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Wilkins revealed he was surprised Chelsea failed to sign a forward before the transfer window shut at the end of the August, but he anticipates they will dip into the market when it reopens in January.

The Blues spent heavily over the summer, but despite the departure of talismanic striker Didier Drogba, decided against recruiting a new frontman.

Instead, Roberto Di Matteo choose to place his faith in Fernando Torres, and so far the Spaniard has repaid that trust with four goals, including a neat finish against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

Still, Wilkins, who left Chelsea before Torres joined the club, said it came as a surprise not to see a replacement brought in for Didier Drogba.

On talkSPORT radio, Wilkins said: "They [Chelsea] should've bought someone else, and I'm sure there will be someone else coming in January."

Chelsea have been linked with moves for a number of strikers, including Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao, Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and most recently Dutch international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Falcao remains the favourite, although Atletico are unlikely to be willing to part with their Colombian international cheaply.

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