Chelsea Transfer News: Why Demba Ba is Best Striker Option for Blues

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Demba Ba of Newcastle United celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park on October 28, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Demba Ba is the perfect choice for the Blues to solve their issues at striker.

Many news outlets are reporting that Chelsea have matched the Newcastle striker's £7 million release clause and are discussing a contract with the Blues (via The Guardian).

The club has wasted no time this transfer market.

Daniel Sturridge has made his move to Liverpool official (via the BBC). Of course, everyone knew that would happen, so it allowed Chelsea to make plans for his replacement. Now on the same day Sturridge moved to Anfield, Ba is possibly coming to Stamford Bridge.

Andre Schurrle and Radamel Falcao are other names that have been thrown around in recent months as possible targets for Chelsea.

Schurrle is a bit of a confusing transfer for the way the Blues are currently configured. They have enough wide options. A striker was the move needed, so despite Schurrle's potential he wouldn't fit in right now.

It would be hard to criticize buying a player like Falcao. He's arguably the best pure finisher in the world.

However, the club is making the right move by making Ba a priority.

At £7 million, the Senegalese striker is an absolute steal. Schurrle likely would have cost three times that amount or more, and Falcao isn't going to leave Atletico Madrid for anything less than €60 million.

Roman Abramovich has a bottomless pit of money available. On the other hand, the club must now adhere to the FIFA Financial Fair Play rules.

The Blues aren't going to have the Champions League in the second half of this season to provide millions, so the spending needs to be reigned in while the January window is open.

In addition, the Blues are getting a striker that is already accustomed to the Premier League. Ba will of course need some time to adjust to Chelsea's playing style. That shouldn't take too much time, though.

This move is nowhere near the same as when the club bought another experienced Premier League striker, Fernando Torres, for £50 million. Torres was a shell of the player he had been a year or two prior.

At 27-years-old, Ba is in the prime of his career. He scored 16 goals in 34 Premier League games last year for the Magpies, and he's on an even better pace this year, with 13 goals in 20 games.

As his time at St James' Park seems to be drawing to a close, people are now fully understanding how important he has been to Newcastle over the past two seasons.

Buying Ba allows Chelsea some more wiggle room in the transfer market. The Blues' problems went deeper than simply finding another goal scorer.

Midfield has also been an issue, with the club possibly needing to find a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard.

Ba might not be the biggest name available to Chelsea, but he's the wisest signing the Blues could make this January.