The Chelsea Striker Situation

Posted by on Jul 07, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

We take a look at who could be the man to provide the goals for Chelsea next season, both current players and rumoured targets.

FERNANDO TORRES

The 50 million pound man. Since arriving from Liverpool the Spaniard, who commands the British transfer record fee, has simply failed to deliver.

In the 2012/13 season, Torres started 28 games in the Premier League, coming on as a sub 8 times and only managed 8 goals- averaging a mere 0.22 goals/game ratio. The perfomances in the two European competitions is more impressive with 3 goals in 6 appearances (Champions League) & 6 in 9 starts to guide the Blues to the Europa League.

Slightly improving towards the end of season, showing glimpses of the ‘Torres of old’, he has still to put together a consistent run of good performances and goals, raising doubts over his Chelsea future. It remains to be seen if Mourinho has the confidence in Torres, or if he will be sold to fund the arrival of another strker.

 

DEMBA BA

After starting well in the 2012/13 season for Newcastle, scoring 13 in 20 Premier League games, Ba earned a move to the European champions in January 2013.  He failed to replicate his league form at Stamford Bridge, only managing 2 goals in 14 appearances (11 of which he started) and has been rumoured to be on his way out of the club, with the rich Russians Anzhi reportedly the favourites, despite the Anzhi chairmen apparently denying the clubs interest. West Brom were also reported to be interested, but the signing of former Chelsea striker Anelka may put an end of the interest.

It certainly looks like the Senegalese striker is on the road out of Chelsea, but where his future lies is not yet known.

ROMELU LUKAKU 

At the age of only 16, Anderlecht striker Lukaku finished the 2009-10 Belgian campaign as the league’s top scorer with 15 strikes from 33 appearances, despite often being utilised as a substitute.

After publicly showing his frustration at the lack of playing time, saying in May 2012: “I don’t like people talking to me about the Champions League. It wasn’t me but my team that won. Chelsea really wanted me last summer and paid a lot for me but, after a while, I thought, ‘Are you just throwing money around?'”

For the 2012/13 season, Lukaku was loaned to West Brom where he had an impressve season scoring 17 goals in 35 games. While at Real Madrid, Mourinho stated:  ‘It is true we wanted Romelu, but he has a very clever dad, he wants Romelu to stay at Anderlecht for one more year. I wish all dads were like this.” and upon his arrival at Chelsea, Mourinho stated that Lukaku would stay at Chelsea for the upcoming season, and if this happens the young Belgium international could well be the answer to the clubs striking dilemma.

ANDRE SCHURRLE

It has been reported that new signing Andre Schurrle could play as a striker for Chelsea, a position that he started his career in at Mainz, but mainly played wide left of an attacking trio behind the main striker at Bayer Leverkusen, and admits that is his best position: “In attack I can play in every position, but I think wide on the left is my best position because I can cut inside and score goals with my right foot, which I hope to be able to do here, but I am confident playing anywhere offensively.”

While he may be used occasionally as a striker, it is doubtful that it will be his main position.

RUMOURED TRANSFER TARGETS

EDINSON CAVANI

Possibly the most coveted striker in World football at the moment (as was Falcao, another rumoured Chelsea target who singed for big spending Monaco), Cavani has most top European teams chasing his signature, and has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with reports that he had agreed terms with Chelsea but PSG appeared to have secured their man after agreeing to pay the £53million release clause, which other clubs appeared to be reluctant on paying. Unless Chelsea make a last ditch offer, it appears they will lose out on their man.

LUIS SUAREZ

There is no denying that Suarez has quality in abundance, but despite reports linking him with a £34 million switch from Liverpool to Chelsea, it is difficult to see the transfer taking place for a host of reasons. After infamously biting ‘would-be teammate’ Ivanovic, which resulted in a 10 match ban meaning any club would be likely to wait until the end of the transfer window to make an offer. Additionly, Suarez has claimed to want to leave England as he feels he is being treated unfairly by the media and fans.

HULK (Givanildo Vieira de Souza)

After being linked with Chelsea almost every season for the last 3/4 years after some incredible performances for Porto, it appeared the speculation would diminish after his transfer to Zenit in Russia, but a difficult first season with a lack of relationship with the fans and teammates has resulted in reports Hulk will be moving on again. Like Schurrle though, Hulk’s best position is on the opposite wing of his favoured foot allowing him to cut inside on his favoured foot. It remains to be seen if Chelsea’s interest is genuine and if Hulk could play as an out-and-out striker.

WAYNE ROONEY

After Sir Alex Ferguson revealed Rooney had asked to leave the club, speculation has appeared every day on his next club. Arsenal & Chelsea are the two most frequently linked, but new United manager Moyes has insisted he is not for sale, but that hasn’t stopped the player being linked to other clubs. Time will tell if Man Utd will listen to say offers if they are received , but it would not be a surprise if he penned a new contract at the Red Devils.

Stevan Jovetic

The 23-year old Montenegrian international has been linked with teams such as Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, but is reported to have his heart set on a move to Juventus. Tension between Juve and his current club Fiorentina could be a problem, as could  the arrivals of Tevez and Llorente to Juve, and Jovetic could be a player Chelsea will seriously consider.

He has confirmed that he will leave Fiorentina this summer: “I’ve been at Fiorentina since 2008, five very intense seasons,” Jovetic told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I really feel like I’ve given everything. I’m young and ambitious and it is normal to feel the need to test myself elsewhere. I do not think there’s anything wrong with desire. I’ve played in Europe with Fiorentina, now I want to win in Europe…  the Premier League is also a fantastic championship, as is La Liga. I have some opportunities so we’ll see.”

OTHER POSSIBLE TARGETS


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