There are so many articles here, there and everywhere speculating as to who Chelsea is now pursuing or should try to get over the coming winter transfer market—it’s enough to make one a bit dizzy.
One thing we can all agree on is that the club needs some depth at the striker spot, where the much-maligned Fernando Torres has had to carry the burden this season.
Whether Torres stays or goes is another issue, but with Daniel Sturridge often injured or the subject of transfer rumors and 18-year-old Lucas Piazón still very young and probably not ready for the big show quite yet, the Blues do need to sign one or possibly two strikers next month.
But don’t kid yourself: There will be no quick fix at Stamford Bridge in January, whomever owner Roman Abramovich and his management decide to sign.
One thing sorely lacking in almost all these speculative stories is the fact that some of the candidates may not necessarily want to come to Chelsea, no matter how much we all pretend everyone wants to play for our European champions.
Also, their current teams and the fans of those clubs most definitely will not want to part with one of their key players.
And it’s also important to consider that some of the luster of playing for the Blues has undoubtedly diminished during this current icy patch which has seen a beloved manager given his walking papers and the team now on the brink of elimination in the UEFA Champions League.
Many star players agree to be sold because they desperately want to play Champions League football, and if Chelsea continues this slide and doesn’t qualify for the tournament next season—unless it can pull off the miracle of all miracles again and move on to the knockout stage on Wednesday—then its chances of landing a guy like Radamel Falcao will be greatly diminished, if not totally disintegrated.
Anyway, here are seven attacking players (not counting Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini) whose names have been bandied about in the newspapers lately and the various pros and cons I see of signing each of them.
“Who are they going to buy? That’s the big question isn’t it? Of course we can name names but reasonably, who’s going to let any of their real big good players go in January? What big team?” —Steve McManaman, ESPN commentator on Chelsea’s need to pursue a striker in the coming winter transfer window during Saturday’s telecast at West Ham United.