Chelsea FC: 5 Cheaper Attacking Alternatives for Blues to Consider in January

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Chelsea FC: 5 Cheaper Attacking Alternatives for Blues to Consider in January
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Could Drogba be the solution for the Blues?

The prospect of seeing Radamel Falcao donning a Chelsea FC uniform is most certainly on top of the Christmas lists of most Blues’ fans. However, the club just might be better off seeking alternative options that are cheaper.

Although, Chelsea could presently use all the help they could get.

Only days after the surprise sacking of manager Roberto Di Matteo, the Blues began the Rafa Benitez era with a disappointing scoreless draw against Manchester City on Sunday.

The draw extended Chelsea’s winless streak in the league to five games. Their last win came just over a month ago on Oct. 20—a 4-2 victory over Tottenham.

With the result, the Blues dropped to fourth in the table and now sit five points behind league-leading Manchester United at 7-2-4.

Much of the reason for the sluggish play can be credited to the club’s recent lack of scoring.

After netting 31 goals in their first 12 fixtures, Chelsea have only managed nine scores in their last eight matches. In fact, the club has been held scoreless in their last two.

A lot of that blame can be shouldered on the recent abysmal form of striker Fernando Torres.

Torres currently leads the team with seven goals. However, the Spanish international has only found the net once in the Blues’ last nine games. A stretch made even worse when you consider the goal was more a result of good fortune, rather than skill.

It’s led to a strong possibility that owner Roman Abramovich might be ready to splurge for a new attacker during the January window.

Earlier, rumors swirled around that Chelsea were closing in on a swoop for Falcao. It would be a move that would have an immediate impact for the club, with the 26-year-old already having netted 13 goals in 12 appearances for Atletico Madrid.

Unfortunately, recent headlines have Falcao perfectly content to remain with the La Liga side.

It begs the question: What now?

Here are five possible options that provide the Blues with scoring relief, as well as a reason to not break the bank for Abramovich. 

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