The season is coming to an end and we can’t help wondering what will happen in the summer – and by that I mean, of course, which players will we buy. In this post, I comment on the striker situation.
Let’s start with Demba Ba. The lad came from Newcastle in top form after 1 and a half season of scoring goals. 29 goals in 58 games if I have to be accurate. However, after he joined Chelsea, he hasn’t scored that many goals – 5 in 16 games (all competitions). Now that’s not very impressive but my opinion on Ba differs from the common opinion that he’s useless – I think he’s had a nice impact after joining us. 2 goals in his debut, 1 in the Premier League – first 3 goals vs. Southampton, then a drought of 7 games, then a very important goal vs West Bromwich to seal a 1-0 victory on Stamford Bridge and then a magnificent strike vs. Manutd (sealing a 1-0 victory again) in the FA Cup, knocking them out of the competition. In some of these 16 games, Ba has done a lot more than Torres. For example – there was a game, I think it was Torres’ 100th game for Chelsea, where Fernando played for 81 minutes, touching the ball 19 times, scoring no goals (like many of you can remember). Benitez decided to put on Ba and the Senegalese had an instant impact – scoring a goal, which was wrongly disallowed for an offside.
I personally think Demba Ba has a future in Chelsea. He’s been a refreshing and pretty cheap purchase. He turns 28 in late May this year so he has a good number of years ahead of him. I’m not saying he’ll play in Chelsea till he’s 33-34 but I think he can be the perfect squad player for the next 2 years, if not 3.
Now let’s look at Fernando Torres. No doubt that he’s been a great lad in the last few games. He’s been scoring some vital goals. And he’s been playing on a relatively great level. However, people tend to overrate his impact. Okay, I’m not going to take his great games away – because I was genuinely happy. I was happy when he scored vs Steaua, then vs. Rubin, then vs. Rubin again. He also had a huge impact on our important win vs. Sunderland. No doubt about these games.
However, don’t forget that Torres has been like that before – when Benitez game, there was a period of time when Torres scored 8 goals in 7 games or something like that – which is an incredible run. But then came a great drought of 2 goals in 22 games. That drought ended exactly with the second leg of the Steaua game. I personally think that we should sell Torres even if he brings us the Europa League (which is looking pretty likely with his latest form). Don’t forget that this guy is probably the most unpredictable player in the world right now. He can play a series of 7-8 games as if he’s Ronaldo or Messi and then he can return to his [usual] self of a ghostlike figure, which takes the #9 jersey for a 90-minute walk. People should not forget that. So I think he should be sold, hopefully used in the Falcao deal [Torres + £30m = Falcao).
Time to look at Romelu Lukaku. The 19-year-old striker has been performing very well since he joined West Bromwich on loan. So well that many people are ready to bring him back to the Bridge after the season ends. However, I don’t share the same opinion – yes, Lukaku is fantastic, he’s probably the best teenage striker in Europe now, but he still isn’t as prolific as the best strikers in the world. And, damn it, that boy has the potential to become exactly one of the best strikers – ‘The Next Drogba’ like he’s been called not once or twice. He has great physical stats, he’s fast, he’s a good finisher (you might stop here and ask yourself ‘Wait, didn’t he say Lukaku isn’t…’ and hopefully you’ll stop there, return back a few lines and read that I didn’t say he isn’t prolific, I said he isn’t AS prolific AS the best strikers). So my suggestion is, loan Lukaku to another Premier League team. Many suggest loaning him to a Champions League team – yes, that might be a good idea, but the lad is not completely ready for the Premier League to jump directly to the Champions League. But then again – why not loaning him to a Premier League AND Champions League team?
However, there aren’t many options – Manutd, Man City, Arsenal/Spuds – I personally wouldn’t like him in these teams, especially not the first two. Arsenal is probably the best option if we’re looking for a PL/CL team but let’s not forget that they also might not qualify for next year’s edition of the Champions League. Although, I believe they will and Spuds will be left in the Europa League as well. So – a loan to Arsenal for Premier League football on a high level + Champions League football – that might not be a good idea. And please, hold your horses, if you’re planning to insult me for suggesting that – it’s my opinion – I also think that he should be loaned to a team like Swansea because that would mean Premier League AND Europa League (EL is a pretty underrated tournament but the football in it is pretty damn good and doesn’t lack quality). So, Swansea or Arsenal.
Radamel Falcao – undoubtedly the striker, who’s been linked with Chelsea the strongest. Falcao is a fantastic player. He turned 27 in early February this year. And if we manage to make a swap deal [Torres + £30m like I said under the picture of Fernando] that might just be a fantastic deal. However, many say Atletico will not agree on a deal like that, because ‘they need the money’. I say they may just agree, if we offer a deal like that. Many also say that ‘he might flop like Torres’ – what the hell? That’s just playing dumb. Well, every player can flop – we’ve seen it before, we’ll see it again. Believe me when I tell you, that Roman is still pretty fucking rich even after players like Shevchenko and Torres. He will have enough money even if we give Atletico £50m for Falcao. Relax. Of course, we always have to worry about the FFP. But I bet that the people in the club have carefully thought about it as well and are still confident that we can snatch some top players, just like Falcao. Nobody’s going after Messi or Ronaldo, so don’t worry. Having mentioned Ronaldo, I have to go back to the ‘flopping’ part – Real Madrid paid £80m for Ronaldo. Did he flop? No. Was there a huge risk? Of course. There always is. But nobody, and I mean NOBODY can say whether Falcao (or any other top (£30m+) striker) will flop or not.
Of course, we’ve been linked with many strikers – Suarez, Lewandowski, Bony, Jovetic, Hulk, etc. We can’t buy all of them, that’s for sure. If I had to choose which striker I want in the summer, I’d say Suarez or Lewandowski.
Time to hear what you guys think. Please post a comment below the article. KTBFFH!