Jose Mourinho had somewhat of a striking crisis on his hands during pre-season, with the out-of-sorts Fernando Torres and the frankly not good enough Demba Ba his two main strikers. Understandably then, Mourinho looked to strengthen his strike-force.
After two failed bids for Wayne Rooney, Mourinho turned to Samuel Eto’o. At 32, Eto’o is past his best and certainly doesn’t fall into the same category as the excellent Rooney. The Cameroonian was a strange buy and perhaps a panic buy from Mourinho, or perhaps a sentimental one given the two’s time together at Inter Milan. Perhaps it wasn’t even Mourinho’s choice to buy him, but whoever’s decision it was, Eto’o will not be the man to solve Chelsea’s striking dilemmas.
The man to solve Chelsea’s striking problem has in fact been there all along. Whilst on loan at West Brom last season, Romelu Lukaku scored more league goals than Torres and Ba combined, and this season he has already scored three goals for Everton in his first two games at the club - more importantly, winning the Toffees six points in the process.
Mourinho’s second coming as Chelsea manager hasn’t quite lived up to the hype as of yet. He hasn’t done badly at all, but he did lose his opening Champions League match and Chelsea currently languish in fourth place.
He has also irked some fans by questioning Juan Mata’s first-team involvement. Mourinho would have been a lot better advised to keep Lukaku at Chelsea instead of allowing him to leave again on loan. Lukaku is a player built in the mould of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, a player who Mourinho built his title-winning Chelsea team around.
To let Lukaku leave on loan when his strike force is so limited was a poor decision. Mourinho should have invested his faith in Lukaku, who has already proved that he is worthy of a starting berth at Chelsea.
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