Chelsea Should Sign a Striker Before the Transfer Window Closes

Rowanne Westhenry@@agirlintheshedFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06:  Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea celebrates with Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and FC Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge on November 6, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Chelsea have done some good business so far in this January transfer window. Re-signing Nemanja Matic has strengthened the troublesome central midfield position, while the sales of Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne have put the Blues' books back in the black.

However, there is still room for a significant signing before the window shuts on Friday. As important as it is that they remain in profit to comply with Financial Fair Play, Chelsea should give careful consideration to reinvesting some of that cash in a striker.

Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he is not worried about the situation in the immediate future, telling the Daily Mail that any business would wait until the summer:

When we do the striker, we do the right thing. And the right thing is not, for sure, now. Normally the market is easier in the summer, more time, more players, more changes. It's much better. 

Despite this, Mourinho knows that something will need to change up front sooner rather than later:

I know that people probably can think 'what they need is a striker to score 30 goals like (Sergio) Aguero, (Edin) Dzeko, (Luis) Suarez' and all these guys. But the most important thing for us is not today. The most important thing for us is the perspective of future and doing the right thing. 

All our three strikers, no-one is the future for 10 years, like we have in other positions. Not one of them is the player for 10 years like (Eden) Hazard or like Willian or (Andre) Schurrle or all these guys. Normally one of these three strikers would be replaced for somebody with this perspective of long term and this perspective of evolution.

Mourinho's brief for his second spell in charge at Chelsea is to build a legacy centred on young, talented stars of the future. 20-year-old Romelu Lukaku will return from loan in the summer, ready to establish himself in the first team. Christian Atsu and Patrick Bamford are of a similar age and could also break through into the senior squad next season. 

However, the young talent already on the books should not stop the Blues from pursuing an established goalscorer, even if it is only as a stop-gap measure. It is largely because of their gifted attacking midfielders that they are just two points off the top Premier League, but the strengths of Eden Hazard and Oscar also serve to highlight their strikers weaknesses. 

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Ima
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Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have scored just 26 percent of Chelsea's goals this season. In contrast, Manchester City's three strikers have contributed 49 percent of their goals, Arsenal's 44 percent and Liverpool's 66 percent. 

Torres' physical and mental fragility leaves him unable to act as the figurehead of a transition squad, whilst Eto'o has got a maximum of one more season at the top left in him. Ba has the potential to be a decent provider, but he is unlikely to provide the 20 or more goals a season at the top level of competition that Chelsea really needs.

Bringing in someone of the calibre and consistency of Edinson Cavani would bridge the gap between youth and experience, as well as providing the only thing that is lacking from Chelsea's game at the moment: an abundance of goals.

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