A few days ago, I wrote an article on Chelsea's plans for the new season and looked at what wingers we were going to sell, keep, and buy. Now I am looking at Chelsea's striker situation. This is another problem, not that serious, but important nonetheless.
The Blues' main senior strikers are said to be ageing, and it is being said that a new young forward is a more than likely addition for the new season.
Here, I will not be talking about youngsters in the first team like Franco Di Santo and Miroslav Stoch, as I feel it is quite obvious that they are staying with us for now, and I would like to see them get more playing time this coming season.
I shall mainly be discussing Chelsea's senior strikers and other strikers under the Blues' radar.
Current Chelsea Players
He is at times a blessing and at other times a curse. He has been brilliant in his performances on the field since Guus Hiddink was appointed as caretaker coach in February.
But even then he finds it so hard to stay away from controversy off the pitch. It is being speculated that his career at the Bridge is over ever since his post-match antics in the Champions League second leg tie against Barcelona.
Whatever said, he does add something special to the Chelsea attack, and he will be really hard to replace.
My suggestion: Keep him (at least for now, till we have an adequate replacement).
Nico has been very impressive this season and is joint top scorer in the Premier League.
Many people doubt if he has what Chelsea needs, but his goals and good link up with Drogba and Florent Malouda has meant he has been a regular for the Blues under both Luiz Felipe Scolari and Hiddink.
He stands at 24 goals this season and will most probably be staying at Stamford Bridge. I don't think he should continue playing on the wing though.
My suggestion: Keep him.
Most people would know that Sheva was on loan at the San Siro and will return to the Bridge in the summer. But it is quite obvious that Chelsea will be looking to sell him, and Dynamo Kiev seems to be a likely destination.
He hasn't been able to cope with the pace of the English game, and I find it hard to imagine that he will manage now. Also, his wages are more of a joke now. His loan spell with AC Milan has seen him score just twice in 26 games.
My suggestion: Sell him under all circumstances.
He has had a brilliant season with Werder Bremen, scoring 26 goals in 35 appearances. Opportunities at Chelsea had been limited last season, and it won't be much different now as Chelsea are definitely looking to buy a top young striker. Pizzaro is 30, so he doesn't fit the bill.
Despite his good scoring form this term, he won't get much playing time, and I don't expect him to continue scoring like he is if he only plays the last 10-15 minutes of most games.
My suggestion: Sell him permanently to Werder Bremen (best for both parties).
Players on Chelsea's radar
Is there any Chelsea fan out here who doesn't want Villa at the Bridge? He was top scorer at the Euro 2008 and has scored 98 goals for Valencia over four seasons, averaging almost 25 goals per season.
Having proven himself in Spain and Europe, I think he will perfectly fill the void created by a possible transfer of Drogba to Inter Milan.
Valencia are deep in debt, owing a total of about £400 million; thus they have admitted that they may have to sell stars like Villa and David Silva.
My suggestion: Buy him and sell Drogba.
Do I even have to remind you? This chap came so close to joining the Blues earlier under Big Phil.
He has proved that he can cope in the physical English game. He is the fourth highest goal scorer in the Premier League at 14 goals. He will add something new to the Blues, namely trickery and dribbling.
But his form in 2009 had been poor until just recently, which has seen him score three times in the last four games.
My suggestion: Don't buy (We don't need him unless both Drogba and Anelka leave).
Despite his fine form at United, he hasn't started many games, and Dimitar Berbatov is being preferred up front. He has openly expressed his desire to quit since he isn't getting the playing time he wants. Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Inter Milan are all chasing his signature.
There is even a possibility that he stays put at Old Trafford. Though he would be a great signing, he is more likely to move to a club that is in greater need of his services like Liverpool or Inter.
My suggestion: If he comes, then great; otherwise, no serious problem.
P.S. Feel free to tell who you think will be coming in and who will be leaving Chelsea.