Jose Mourinho has returned, and along with their star studded squad, most people are predicting this Chelsea team to be a potent force in the upcoming season, both in England and Europe, yet there is divided opinion about one thing - do they need another striker or not?
Fernando Torres scored 22 goals last year - twice as many as the previous season - and though some might say that this shows his improvement and ability to lead Chelsea's forward line, when you realise that it took him 64 games to score those goals, it changes the prospect entirely.
Roughly a one in three record is not something to be proud of, and that does not guarantee the realiability which is needed when playing other top clubs.
The Spaniard only scored eight league goals in 36 appearances, which is less than one in four - an atrocious record for a striker - and despite the fact that he bagged a seemingly impressive nine goals in 16 European games, he was getting the goals against teams like Nordsjaelland, Steaua Bucaresti and Rubin Kazan, none of which could be called quality teams. Unless the 29 year old improves, he cannot be Mourinho's main man.
How about his strike partner?
Demba Ba has a good strike rate in England (42 goals in 93 games, for West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea) but he is not a class player, and merely six goals in 22 games for Chelsea highlights this, not to mention a miserly two league goals, which is simply not good enough.
The argument that he will get better is disproven by the fact that he is 28, and should be at the peak of his career. He could perform as the leading attacker for Newcastle, but in a squad of stars and European ambitions Ba is proving to be incapable of delivering.
Andre Schuerrle, Mourinho's new German winger, played as a forward for Bayer Leverkusen on numerous occasions, and so perhaps there is a plan for the 22 year old to be the striker.
He is pacey and explosive with a vicious strike, and can certainly score goals, but he is a naturally wide player, so he may not be the answer. All this suggests Chelsea must sign a new striker.
Chelsea's - and Roman Ambramovich's - pursuit of Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani were very public, and there is no doubt that they will be disappointed not to have captured one of their main targets, but who else is there?
Finding and buying a quality forward is not easy, with all the world's leading stars tied down elsewhere - Falcao and Cavani have been mentioned, Lewandowski will be moving to Bayern, Mario Gomez has gone to Fiorentina: who else is there?
Every sports reporter has talked about Chelsea wanting Rooney from Man United, but looking at it realistically, would David Moyes sell a player of Rooney's quality to one of their biggest rivals? It seems unlikely.
So what do Chelsea do - do they stick with what they've got, or do they hunt for the answer elsewhere?
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