Chelsea’s recent striker woes have been well-documented. They have arguably some of the best attacking midfielders in the world right now but no striker who seems capable of making the most of the final passes they can provide. While they did manage to secure the services of Samuel Eto’o on a one-year deal, he is at best an expedite for their lack of strikers.
The fact that neither Fernando Torres nor Demba Ba have done enough to inspire confidence in anyone means that it’s likely that one of them (possibly even both of them) will be offloaded in January. If that happens, Chelsea will no doubt look to sign someone as a replacement.
Let’s take a look at four strikers Chelsea could look to sign in January:
1) Jackson Martinez – The Colombian striker has been an absolute revelation at Porto ever since he signed from Chiapas, scoring 37 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions. Martinez is strong, quick, and clinical in front of goal. In other words, he’s very much a ‘Mourinho type’ player, to use a common cliche.
He was linked with a move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window but it never materialised. He would cost anything between £30M-£40M which, in today’s day and age, is a reasonable price for a striker.
2) Luis Suarez – The Uruguayan seems to have mended his relationship with the top brass at Liverpool, but will no doubt still be looking to leave the club sooner rather than later. He wants to compete for trophies on a regular basis and Liverpool, despite their recent resurgence, aren’t in a position to compete for top honours just yet.
Given his creativity, he’d fit in well ahead of Chelsea’s attacking midfielders. Liverpool would want anything between £40M- £50M for him. He might be a bit of a controversial figure at times but he comes with the guarantee for goals.
3) Stephan El Shaarawy – The talented Italian international has already drawn comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He scored 19 goals in all competitions last season and can play in a variety of positions (winger, striker, second striker).
While Milan wouldn’t be too keen to sell one of their best young players, an offer in and around the £30M mark would be enough to tempt the Rossoneri to sell him (albeit reluctantly). He’s fast, tricky and is a decent passer of the ball. The 20-year old would be an excellent addition to Chelsea’s squad should they seek to buy him.
4) Christian Benteke – The Belgian has signed a new contract at Aston Villa during the summer, but will still want to move to a bigger club in order to win trophies. His first season in England was excellent and he’s looked in good form so far this season.
Villa have insisted that he’s not for sale but an offer around the £35M mark would be enough to tempt the club into parting with their biggest asset. He’s still not a complete player but he knows exactly where the goal is and is hard to bully off the ball. He’d fit in well at Chelsea.