With time running out for Chelsea to bring in players, Robert Lewandowski could be the perfect attacking weapon for the London club to boost their squad in January.
The current transfer window is slamming shut, and it appears that Chelsea's business is all but wrapped up, tied together nicely with a Samuel Eto'o bow,
However, that does not mean that manager Jose Mourinho is left with a perfect squad. On the contrary, the purchase of Eto'o was nothing more than a stop-gap after a lengthy pursuit of Wayne Rooney ended this week.
Although Eto'o is a world-class striker, he is clearly not the long term solution to Chelsea's problems up front. With Demba Ba under performing, Fernando Torres in Chelsea's last chance saloon, and Romelu Lukaku yet to prove himself to Mourinho, another established goalscorer might be the most important thing that Chelsea will be looking to add come January.
Borussia Dortmund were many people's 2012-13 Champion's League surprise package, reaching the final with much skill and style. That Lewandowski played such an important part of that European run came as no surprise to those who had watched him during the club's Bundesliga title-winning campaign the previous year.
As a result of these good showings, Lewandowski has been linked with top clubs, but as yet no move has materialized. He looks to be staying with Dortmund for the near future after a reported pay increase.
However, if Chelsea's collection of strikers struggle to impress, or even suffer injury, some will fancy the London club's chances of luring Lewandowski to Stamford Bridge with a much better offer.
It is still early days; we may yet see Torres find his form, and there is certainly a good chance that Lukaku will secure regular first-team action. But this cannot be guaranteed, and adding a top-class striker is the best way to secure a promising future for the Blues up front.
Lewandowski is not the physical Didier Drogba-esque player that Lukaku could be for Chelsea. Rather he is more of a classic, natural finisher, who can play the sort of role that Torres is supposed to fill. And unlike Eto'o, he is in his prime at the age of 25.
Adding Lewandowski to the squad would be a huge boost in January. In fact, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich should get out his checkbook and sign him right now—after all, Mourinho already has his number in his phone.