Chelsea still need a striker says Robbie Savage - Exclusive

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Chelsea still need to sign a striker before the summer transfer window closes, according to Robbie Savage.

The Blues will start the defence of their league crown against Swansea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, however boss Jose Mourinho is still seeking to complete his squad before the transfer window slams shut.

Chief amongst his concerns are his striker options, with Diego Costa still struggling to gain full match fitness. The Spanish international managed to score 20 goals last season despite suffering a string of hamstring injuries which meant he only lasted the full 90 minutes in just seven league games.


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Mourinho has moved to bring in cover in the form of Radamel Falcao, although there are doubts about the Colombian too.

He managed just four league goals while on loan with Manchester United last season amidst doubts that the knee injury he suffered in the build-up to last year's World Cup is still troubling him.

The Special One can also call upon Loic Remy, who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, and Savage believes the Blues are in need of more fire power to fight off their big-spending rivals this season.

Asked if he saw any weaknesses in Chelsea's first team, the former Derby and Leicester midfielder said: "They need a striker. Falcao? If he can reproduce the form he showed when he scored the hat-trick in the Super Cup against Chelsea then he’d get into any side in the world.


"But has he lost that yard of place? I think we saw in the Community Shield that he just didn’t have the pace to get away from the defenders.

"If Costa stays fit then they have got a real chance again, because the manager will get them five or ten points a season by the way he sets them up, but if Costa gets injured for a significant period then are Falcao and Remy good enough?"

Costa is rated as a doubt for the game against Swansea tomorrow, and according to reports Mourinho is yet to make his mind up over who to start in his place between Falcao and Remy if the former Atletico Madrid man doesn't pass a late fitness test.

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