During this weekend’s edition of Match of the Day Harry Redknapp reiterated his belief that Chelsea needed to add another striker to the squad in order to have any chance of winning the Premier League. He is right; at this moment in time Chelsea have just two recognised strikers in Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge. When you consider Manchester United’s plethora of striking options; a situation mirrored at champions Manchester City you can see where Redknapp is coming from.
The magnificent trio of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard have been a breath of fresh air this season and have been ably assisted by Victor Moses when called upon. However Torres is still inconsistent and Di Matteo is clearly not a fan of Sturridge; whose contract expires at the end of the season.
So who should they sign? Well there are the expensive options flying in from left, right and centre with Edison Cavani, Radamel Falcao and the usual motley crew of transfer rumours.
But with the club recently breaking even what if they wanted to go a little cheaper? What options are there for Roberto Di Matteo?
Shane Long – West Bromwich Albion
He gave Gary Cahill and David Luiz a torrid time last weekend and he has been doing that to defenders for years at Reading and West Brom. Last season was unfortunately side-tracked by injury and a worrying bout of pericarditis but this season his pace, strength and clinical ability in front of goal are once again causing a storm.
West Brom is a business club and knows that any offer near his valuation may have to be accepted. Chelsea could of course try and recall Romelu Lukaku from The Baggies instead.
Good buy? Personally I think this would be a great buy.
Demba Ba – Newcastle United
We all know well and good about the Senegalese’s release clause of around £7 million and considering his goalscoring record in the Premier League there is little doubt he would add considerable value to the team. Currently Newcastle United are struggling to live up to the lofty expectations they set themselves last season and with Senegal not qualifying for the African Nations there would be no issue involving his availability.
Good buy? Yes
The young striker has been banging in the goals for Burnley so far this season reaching the 20-goal mark within 17 games. However this is at Championship level and although I don’t doubt he can reproduce his scoring in the Premier League it may have to be at a run down the ladder from the European Champions.
Good buy? No
The Ivorian has been banging in the goals for Vitesse Arnhem this season and has been likened to countryman and former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba. He is big, strong and fast with a clinical attitude in front of goal and would fit in very comfortably to Premier League football. However he is likely to go away with the Ivory Coast for the African Nations making him unavailable for anything up to a month of the season.
Good buy? Not right now
What an option this could be. Obviously not a long term option but the German striker was a late bloomer and that is now showing with his continued progression even though he is approaching 35-years-old. While the World Cup specialist has had to stop doing his infamous somersault celebration due to his creaking limbs he certainly has not stopped scoring goals.
Currently dazzling Serie A with his age defying antics surely Chelsea could tempt Lazio into selling a 34-year-old at the right price and get two good seasons out of a proven world-class goalscorer who would surely fancy a crack at the Premier League before his career peters out.
Good buy? At the right price.
What do you think of these options and any other suggestions to add depth to Chelsea’s striking arsenal?
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