Do Chelsea really need a new striker?
In the next transfer window, Chelsea splashed the cash yet again, this time for Anderlecht wonderkid Romelu Lukaku, who had, at the age of 18, drawn comparisons to club legend Didier Drogba. His first season was really bad as he managed just a single Premier League start. He then joined West Brom for a season long loan, scoring seventeen times in the league, which included a hat trick against Manchester United on the final gameweek, spoiling Sir Alex Ferguson's party.
Two years after Torres was bought, with Sturridge being sold to Liverpool due to lack of playing time, Demba Ba was brought in from Newcastle, where he had made a good name as a goal poacher. However, being cup tied in the European competitions, he played only domestic matches in his first half-season at Chelsea, failing to get the scoring form he had in Newcastle.
Although Mourinho has a wealth of options both in the holding and attacking midfield areas, these are the only three options in attack. In the pre-season friendlies, Lukaku has shown very high promise, with Ba used sporadically and Torres joining in late because of the extended vacation to the Confederations Cup stars.
Two strikers on Chelsea's radar now are Wayne Rooney and Samuel Eto'o. Wayne Rooney, 27, has had a bad last season, and wants a change. True, he is one of the best strikers in the world today, but his wage stands at £250,000 per week. With the current Financial Fair Play regulations, spending that kind of money on wages would not be smart in my opinion. Add to it the transfer fee for Rooney, as United are in no mood to sell.
The Torres situation is similar- he was a world class striker who had a bad last season with his club, plagued by injuries. Chelsea had paid a huge fee and put a lucrative contract on the table. The Rooney situation seems to be very similar, and I think Chelsea should stay away. Can a true Red Devil ever give his 100% for Chelsea?
Coming back to Samuel Eto'o, at 32, he is surely past his prime. He had a good relationship with Mourinho during his Inter days, but he has not been playing in a top leave for over two years. He has been scoring goals in the Europa League, but the teams that play the competition are not exactly at par with the Premier League clubs. Eto'o is the highest paid footballer in the world, and it remains to be seen how much of a pay cut he is willing to take in order to reunite with his old gaffer, in addition to the transfer fee demands of his club, Anzhi.
This is the time to give young Romelu Lukaku the chance that he deserves. Demba Ba can contribute in between too. Fernando Torres, with his huge wage bill, is almost certainly going nowhere, unless he agrees to take a big pay cut. With this trio, Chelsea do not need a new striker. That being said, if Rooney is brought in, regardless of all other factors, he can would contribute to the team immensely.