Jose Mourinho is readying an assault on the transfer market as the Chelsea manager hunts down a new striker.
The Portuguese boss has been given the all-clear to find a new goalscorer in the January transfer window, as reported by Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail:
The Chelsea manager is determined to add goals to his team in the second half of the season and the search has already begun for the attacking options to make the difference.
Chelsea's search in Europe is likely to be restricted to players who are not cup-tied in the Champions League, but that will not stop them searching for a solution.
Mourinho was extremely critical of his side after they succumbed 2-0 to Newcastle at St. James’ Park. As noted by Sky Sports, the former Real Madrid coach believes he should have picked an entirely different team after they were outplayed and outscored on Tyneside.
Asked if he had made the right choices, he said:
No, I made 11 mistakes, 11 mistakes. I should have picked another 11 and not this one. I made 11 mistakes.
It's the feeling I have. When my team plays so badly, it's the feeling I have.
One constant source of frustration has been the lack of goals from Chelsea’s forwards.
Although Fernando Torres has stepped his general play up a notch in recent times, the Spaniard's decisive goal in the 2-1 win over Manchester City remains his only Premier League strike of the season.
Samuel Eto’o has also only managed one goal, while Demba Ba is yet to net this campaign. Oscar remains the club’s top scorer in the domestic division with four goals, per WhoScored.
Charles Perrin of the Express highlights Monaco hitman Radamel Falcao as a potential target, but should Chelsea make an offer, they will face huge competition from Real Madrid.
Continuous links to the same names are likely to frustrate Chelsea fans, especially when the club’s current attacking talent should possess enough quality to challenge any team in the world.
Mourinho will be forced into spending huge money if he wishes to land a world-class forward in January, a decision that will surely see at least one of his misfiring trio kicked out the Stamford Bridge exit before the season concludes.
Ba is most likely, given that Torres is improving and Eto'o only arrived in the summer. Rooney is highly unlikely to prove a successful target though, given his importance to rivals United.