Only a few days ago Carlo Ancelotti came out and confidently said that he was content with his side and that no more new faces were needed to be brought in. But is he forgetting something?
This article is an attempt to urge him to make one last signing for this transfer window, because of some points that he may not have spared a thought to. I know Carlo is not reading this, but this is important, and thus I must do my best, write.
Fine, fine, I'll finally come down to what I'm thinking. Consider the following:
1) Didier Drogba is suspended for three UEFA Champions League matches.
2) He also has to leave for the African Cup of Nations in the winter. Along with him, Salomon Kalou, another forward, will also leave for international duty.
Most of you readers would have figured out where the problem lies. Nonetheless, I still mention the forwards.
You can't possibly expect Nicholas Anelka to anchor the attack all on his own, or Daniel Sturridge to play 90 minutes every match—he's only 19, or even expect Andriy Shevchenko to rediscover his old touch, somehow even Ancelotti doesn't seem to have much faith in him anymore.
Chelsea have just loaned out forwards Franco Di Santo, Miroslav Stoch, and Scott Sinclair as well, which isn't a wrong move, but probably has been done at the wrong time when there is a risk of having limited options up front as the season goes on.
Claudio Pizarro and Ben Sahar have been sold.
So, what's the plan, then?
Either Carlo is planning to fit Joe Cole into the diamond as a second striker behind Anelka or he is planning to revert back to the 4-3-3, which has brought the Blues so much silverware over this decade, and that would see Anelka as the lone man upfront.
The latter seems unlikely. If that's the case, then Chelsea will be left without plan B during the period when Drogba is missing.
This is a little complicated. If we are going to buy one more striker, who are we going for? It's a race against time. To be precise, there are only five days.
Who will it be, then? Here are the names I gave a thought to.
Hulk (FC Porto)
He's fast, dribbles well, and has a deadly left foot. He would add flair to the attack and is only 22 years old, but his buy-out clause stands at about £30 million.
Sergio Aguero (Athletico Madrid)
I don't need to say much about him. He is a match winner and can steal the show with a piece of magic. But he is cup-tied for the Champions League, having featured in Athletico's qualifier. Also, Athletico say he is worth £50 million. Just one word: overpriced.
Alexandre Pato (AC Milan)
Pato has said he won't leave Milan, though earlier he was said to have been flattered by Ancelotti's interest in him. He's 19, and in a few years time, could become the best striker in the world. But the Blues should not buy him if Milan's asking price is more than £25 million.
These are just some suggestions. The kind of striker we need is a goal-poacher like Lisandro Lopez. I was tempted to put him on the list, but he has been bought by Lyon only just this summer. He showed what he is made of only two days ago, with a hat-trick in 15 minutes.
I see it this way, a striker is definitely needed. It won't be a disaster if one isn't bought, but it will only make the club better. It is certain that Drogba will be missing from about 10 matches this year, of which at least three will be Champions League encounters. Kalou could also miss some five matches.
There are rumours that Andriy Shevchenko won't be included in the 25-man squad. The latest news that comes in right now is that Chelsea have been drawn against Porto, Athletico Madrid, and APOEL F.C. for the Champions League group stage.
I'd love to hear what you readers have to say, and have you suggest a striker. Comments and feedback are welcome.