What is going on with Chelsea and their strikers? If you had asked most Blues fans a month ago who they wanted to be leading the line, the answer wouldn't have been Demba Ba or Samuel Eto'o and it wouldn't have been Fernando Torres.
The overwhelming choice would have been Romelu Lukaku, the young Belgian who was so very impressive while on loan at West Brom last season; the young man who scored more Premier League goals than both Ba and Torres last year.
20-year-old Lukaku, who was so impressive in pre-season, and was promised that this was his year at Chelsea but has yet to start a game. He is also the young man who missed the decisive penalty in the Super Cup - what kind of message does it send to him when he is shipped out of the club five days later?
Admittedly, it’s a World Cup year and Lukaku will be desperate to play as many games as possible, but Chelsea fans will be mortified that he will be doing so for the blue of Everton and not Chelsea. All credit to Everton, his signing is a superb piece of business, but you wonder where it leaves Chelsea's title aspirations. Eto'o was one of the best forwards in the world five years ago, but he will find it much tougher to score goals in the Premier than in Spain or Russia.
Ba and Torres would both have been gone yesterday if any other club had met Chelsea's valuations of the players and three games into the season both players have yet to score in the Premier League.
Mourinho's rationale for signing Eto'o was that he needed a striker with good feet to unlock a packed defence, well, the one type of player who is setting the Premier League alight with his quick feet at the moment is Daniel Sturridge. The £12 million that Liverpool paid for him in January is now looking like a great piece of business, which begs the question of why Rafa Benitez refused to play him last year?
Given Chelsea's record with strikers since the signing of Didier Drogba almost ten years ago, it hardly comes as a surprise to Chelsea fans. Mateja Kezman, Andriy Shevchenko, Claudio Pizarro, Salomon Kalou, Franco Di Santo, Torres and Ba - it's a depressing role of honour, with Nicolas Anelka the honourable exception.
When Chelsea failed to sign Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao, I believed it would end up costing Chelsea the title this year - unless Lukaku fulfilled his undoubted promise as the new Didier Drogba with an extra yard of pace.
Torres, Ba and Eto'o compared to Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko is not good. Torres, Ba and Eto'o compared to Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck. For Chelsea fan, it’s a depressing comparison but they can always console themselves with the fact that they have signed another six midfielders.
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