Chelsea travel to Turkey on the February 26 to face Galatasary in the first leg of the round 16 in the biggest European club competition, but important than that is the second leg fixture that will take place on March 18 at Stamford Bridge, and there is no doubt about a full house then, every single Chelsea fan present there will be cheering every touch of the ball that King Drogba takes. That’s what Drogba is, the King of The Bridge.
It was the goals that came through his boots as well as his head that made him the Chelsea legend that he is and since leaving his home after winning the Champions League in Munich, Chelsea have missed him like anything, because in truth they haven’t been able to replace him till date.
The story of El Nino needs no introduction, he works hard every single day but for some reason or another can never become the Anfield deity that he was once worshipped for.
Lukaku was loaned after the UEFA Super Cup loss against Bayern, where he missed a penalty, and apart from the first nine games of the league this season, it is evident why Mourinho let him go. He needs experience to lead the line for a team with Glorious aspirations like Chelsea do, and Everton are the best place that there is for such experience. So here’s who we think will be the best suited players to land in the coming summer, although probably only one will be coming, we will be taking you through the best five possibilities.
So here’s the summer wish list, with the most expected arrival at the top, but football is a very uncertain game, it might be that someone completely out of the list comes to Chelsea, like it happened when Drogba was brought to the Bridge.
Last summer, he had the job of filling in the shoes of a very, very wanted man, Radamel Falcao. And nobody can deny the fact that he has stunned everyone at the Vicente Calderón with Atletico Madrid pushing for the La Liga this season. He would be the best fit in front of the wizards of Chelsea’s midfield.
Strengths: He is an all-round player, strong and is also comfortable to score with both feet. Can head balls as well and is an absolute beast of a target man. It is also a possibility that Fernando Torres or even Lukaku might be in for a swap plus cash deal, since Mourinho has scrapped the Courtois rumors.
Weakness: His ball holding abilities and perhaps his inability to win a greater number of aerial duel. His aerial duel success is just 22% with 27 won out of 123 this season.
José Mourinho recently tipped a move to bring the Colombian forward to Stamford Bridge in the summer, dumping the idea of a Zlatan move. The Player might have just moved to Monaco but after playing in Madrid he must be feeling pangs of guilt regarding the atmosphere in Monaco, he is a man for bigger stages and that’s why as José says “I have a team, but no striker. Falcao does not have a team. A player like him can’t play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is a club to end [your career with].” So keep your fingers crossed and you might see Falcao in a blue jersey next season.
Strengths: Prolific, Reliable and strong. Good attacking option with a better shot and pass accuracy than many players on this list. One of the best options.
Weakness: His current knee injury, although he is tipped to make the world cup, and that would be the place to better judge whether he is the same player Chelsea see him to be or not. His aerial ability is also questionable.
Frankly speaking, he wouldn’t be on the list if news had not come up of him being unsettled at the French champions PSG. He is everything that a modern striker needs to be. His asking price would be no less than the amount that PSG paid since he has performed well so far for them, but is rumored to be unhappy because of being moved to the wings since a certain Swede already occupies his favored spot.
Strengths: All-around package – prolific, reliable, versatile.
Weakness: His price, uncertainty regarding availability in the market, and a small doubt about his ability to play in a physical league like the Premier League, but he certainly has the ability to adapt.
City perhaps have one of the best strike forces among their ranks. Down the pecking order under Aguero and Negredo is a beast called Dzeko. He keeps away from controversy and makes it count where it matters: the goals. Perhaps a steal at £21 million if city sell him to Chelsea at that price. With 19 goals in all competitions this season, he could be the perfect strong target man in front of the creative trio. Shooting, power, accuracy, heading, you name it and he has got it.
Strengths: His strength lies in his ability to perform in every aspect, his strong build is more in line with the kind of player that Mourinho prefers, and Chelsea don’t need to break the bank for him and with a likely sale of at least one of the current strikers he is a very good prospect, perfect stop gap if Mourinho has Lukaku anywhere in his plans.
Weakness: He is not the kind of prolific striker or what is labelled “world-class”, although he certainly fits perfectly in the picture with the current team and its deficiencies.
Not the most publicized of names around, yet good enough to make the cut in the Chelsea team, and fit in properly as well. He has the goals to count, although in a slightly low-quality league. If he is actually available, Chelsea will certainly need to fight it out with two of their closest London rivals. The Colombian would be a decent purchase at best, it would perhaps be better to integrate Lukaku in the squad.
Strengths: 21 goals from 36 games is a more than decent return for any striker, including a couple of them in the Champions League, making him an ideal recruit. But not many people think he’s the player Mourinho is looking for.
Weakness: Inexperience in the best leagues is his biggest disability. Although he has played in the Champions League, it would still be a factor.
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Ojas Tripathi (@chelseaseason )