Why Jose Mourinho Is Right to Say Chelsea Do Not Need to Sign a Striker

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Why Jose Mourinho Is Right to Say Chelsea Do Not Need to Sign a Striker
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It's well-documented that Chelsea's efforts in the January transfer window will be fully focused on bringing a new striker to Stamford Bridge.

But Jose Mourinho's admission that he won't purchase a forward has had a positive effect on his current crop of strikers, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, with Samuel Eto'o out injured.

Many suggested that with Eto'o's injury, Chelsea could be forced to dip into the market. However, the duo gave Mourinho some food for thought with the pair performing superbly in the 3-1 win over Southampton.

Torres, back in the side after Eto'o was forced out of action due to a groin injury suffered against FC Basel, looked lively from the start, combining well with Eden Hazard and Juan Mata in the early stages.

In the first half, the Spaniard looked to be slightly isolated as the Southampton players squeezed the space in between the defence and midfield, but still managed to have a small impact on the game, forcing a save from Artur Boruc with a well-guided header.

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As the game went on, Torres' confidence grew. And dare I say it, he looked even more like the 'Torres of old' which has been thrown about far too often. 

The movement he was making to get into the box, the darting runs through the Southampton defence and the confidence to execute difficult passes highlighted his improvement.

He may have ended the game without a goalwhich means his total remains just one Premier League goal in eight gamesbut it doesn't tell the whole story of his season.

Two goals against Schalke, as well as a vital strike against Manchester City and a wonderful effort in the European Super Cup clash versus Bayern Munich, and suddenly it becomes apparent that Torres is the striker you want in the 'big games.'

Five goals in 13 games is hardly prolific, but his overall contribution to the team shows that perhaps a marquee signing, with FC Porto forward Jackson Martinez the apparent top target, per ESPN, but then, with Torres beginning to hit top form, why purchase another striker?

You can't exclude Eto'o or Ba from the 'improved' pile, either.

Cameroon striker Eto'o appeared to be overweight and lacking fitness when he arrived from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer, but Chelsea's fitness regime and the player's own determination means that he got in shape quickly.

Thrown in the deep end against Schalke, he scored twice in the 3-0 win over Schalke and then in the 2-2 draw with West Brom

While at times his performances have certainly suggested his best days are behind him, signing the 32-year-old on a free transfer, even as a back-up option seems to be a good piece of business from Mourinho.

Ba has rarely been given a chance to shine; his last Premier League start coming against Norwich where he created Oscar's opener, but then missed a golden chance which almost cost Chelsea a victory. 

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Rumours have seen the 28-year-old linked with a move to Turkey, per The Evening Standard, as he seeks regular first-team football, but after being given a rare chance to change the game against Southampton, the Senegalese forward gave his all.

He created the first goal, albeit unintentionally via the post, and then got his reward for a fine display with a well-taken goal in stoppage time. It was only his second goal of the season but more performances like this one will show Mourinho that he was right to stick with his current attacking options.

Bear in mind that Romelu Lukaku is likely to return nextunlikely depending on how much you want to read into his latest feud with the Chelsea management, per BBC Sportand suddenly there are four strikers who are all capable of making an impact of Chelsea.

Include promising youngsters such as 20-year-old Patrick Bamford, who has scored 12 goals on loan at MK Dons, or youth academy star Islam Feruz, and you might ponder why the Blues would want to sign another striker who may not play every game. 

Of course, signing a new striker might be an attractive option. But with Chelsea looking to bring some stability into the club, surely there's no time better than to keep the faith in the players they have in the squad.

Fresh arrivals are key to maintaining a title-winning squad, but January is not the time for Mourinho to strengthen.

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