Goals win games- there's no doubt about it. But when the men you hire to score goals fail to do so, then you're going to have some problems. Chelsea's midfield is packed with talent, but strikers need to score otherwise it can get tricky in that final third.
Despite Chelsea's relatively good start to the season, you can't help wonder how they can get their strikers on the scoresheet more often, especially in the league. After all, strikers bring qualities to the game that midfielders can't. Qualities such as strength and power, heading accuracy and finishing.
Just two goals from Chelsea's last 33 in the league, stretching back to last season, have been scored from a recognised striker. This is a poor record for the Blues' forwards when compared to the likes of Manchester City, where their strikers contributed 17 goals from their last 33 in the league.
Despite Fernando Torres' Champions League double against Schalke on Tuesday, the Spaniard has only managed just eight league goals in his last 45 league games for Chelsea. This statistic has lead to criticism from pundits, suggesting he should be more consistent and active when it comes to league games.
Romelu Lukaku, however, has received nothing but praise from the moment he arrived in West London. The Belgian, who has been compared to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba on a number of occasions, has a big future and his sights firmly set on Chelsea - the team he always aspired to play for.
With knowledge that he's in for a long, illustrious career at Stamford Bridge, Lukaku realises he will need to score goals in all competitions. Already a proven goalscorer, Lukaku has hit 21 goals in 49 games during two loan spells away from Chelsea in the Premier League.
Ambition is common in every young player, but older players don't always feel the need to constantly prove themselves, a theory that could be referred to Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o. Eto'o, being an already accomplished striker, would not have the same ambition as 20 year old Lukaku.
There have already been queries over Eto'o's fitness after playing for two years in Russia, not to mention the doubts over fellow striker Demba Ba's credentials.
Lukaku's ambition to prove his worth exceeded further than what anyone imagined when he said, "The only thing I can do is play well and score a lot. And then I think people will say that I'm a good player. I want to score more goals than the strikers of Chelsea. We will see at the end of the season who made the best choice."
So, maybe Chelsea don't have to look as far as they may have imagined to find the missing piece in the jigsaw.
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