Chelsea play Branislav Ivanovic up-front

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was forced to play Branislav Ivanovic as a makeshift striker in his side’s 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon.

‘The Special One’ has already suggested that his transfer business is done this season, with Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Felipe Luis strengthening a number of different areas in the Blues line-up.


However, the departures of Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o have left a potential hole up-front, and if Romelu Lukaku also departs Stamford Bridge, it leaves Costa and Fernando Torres as the only senior options available to the Chelsea boss.

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Their lack of depth in the position was exposed in the pre-season friendly against League Two opposition yesterday (Saturday), with the Serbian defender making an appearance at the other end of the field in the second-half.

Bamford fails to impress

Patrick Bamford initially led the line, but failed to impress in a lone striker role after several good stints out on loan. John Terry scored two of the goals for Chelsea, whilst Mohamed Salah pulled the visitors level with a fine half-volley.

How Mourinho saw the victory, his side’s second of the summer, remains to be seen, but the limited options up-front must surely be a concern to the Blues boss.

No experience

Ivanovic has no experience of playing as a striker, and unlike a handful of defenders from the past, does not have a track record of scoring goals plenty of goals. He’s notched 16 in six seasons of playing for the club.

You wouldn’t expect to see the Serb leading the line when it comes to competitive football later this season, but if Chelsea don’t address the issue then it could become an issue moving forward.

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