Chelsea News: Do Chelsea Need a Striker?

Chelsea began their premier league campaign with a 2-0 win over Wigan at DW stadium. Early signs were very good as new signing Eden Hazard made instant impact, earning the man of the match award. Oscar, another summer signing looked in good touch as well. Di Matteo needs to find a way to fit in a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal.

The question about bringing in a striker of undisputed quality remains. Several names have been linked with Chelsea over the course of this summer. Hulk, Cavani and Shcurrle are some of the finest talents in Europe. Given Chelsea's inclination of buying top class talent, it is natural that they are linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. But these transfer sagas have dragged on for long now. The issue is that Chelsea wish to sign top players, who often carry their respective clubs on their shoulders. The selling club wishes to make heady profits out of their sale. Seen in this context, it makes sense that Chelsea are taking their time to negotiate a price they consider fair to acquire their services.

Another angle to Chelsea's transfer strategy is that they believe Fernando Torres is nearing his lethal best and signing the likes of Cavani would create competition for places, in which Torres may lose out. This argument is one of emotion and not borne out of reason. If it is believed that competition automatically means failure of Torres, then that is not the Torres we know or the club that bought him for a princely sum last from Liverpool. The fact is that Chelsea will be playing so many games over the course of this season that they need competition for places up front. A disgruntled Daniel Sturridge, who has expressed anguish and even anger at not being allowed to play a central striker is the only fall back option. Romelu Lukaku has been farmed out on loan to West Bromwich Albion, with fans left to wonder if Torres indeed is the player Chelsea are pinning their hopes on.

The evidence seems to point to the contrary. A club of Chelsea's calibre, which is challenging on multiple fronts cannot be expected to take such an irrational decision. But it is surprising that names linked with the club such as Schurrle, Hulk and Victor Moses are not out and out strikers. They prefer to play on the flanks and that is where Chelsea are not as lacking as up front. WIth Robin Van Persie added to Manchester United roaster, Chelsea's manchester rivals can boast of serious attacking quality, one that Chelsea will have to match, if they are to stand near the summit come the end of season. Another intersting point is that it does not have been either or Torres. Torres would do well to play with another striker up front, some experts have suggested. But then, Chelsea prefer playing a lone striker up front, a role typified by Didier Drogba.

Having said that, Torres is a player of exceptional quality and it is high time he came back to his best. But it would be unfair on both Torres and Chelsea to rely solely on each other. Even from a squad perspective, it makes sense to sign additions. That is where Chelsea could have done well to offer Lukaku more games this season. Cavani would command a starting spot from the word go, and not without reason, given that he has dominated European defences in recent reasons. It would be interesting to see the transfer drama at Chelsea pan out. Fans should not rule out a marquee forward as their next summer signing.

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