Last summer was one of the best transfer windows we’ve ever had. Jose Mourinho was at his effective best, as he identified the areas that needed improvement and went and got the right players even before the World Cup in Brazil began. A midfielder and a centre forward were our major requirements, and in came, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
This time though, things are slightly different. We’ve won the league comfortably, but the early Champions League exit shows that we are still a strong and combative central midfielder short of being among the best in Europe. The situation that I will talk about in this article though is not our midfield, but our strikeforce.
Didier Drogba has left the club following after winning another Premier League title, and Mourinho likes to have three strikers in his squad, so an addition was natural. Chelsea fans expected, or rather hoped, that Patrick Bamford, who shone on loan at Middlesbrough last season and won the Championship Player of the Year award, would come in as the third-choice. Loic Remy, our most prolific striker on paper, last season, would get more game-time. As a result, being second in the pecking order only to Costa. In the process, Bamford would learn from the best and improve, and Remy would get a lot more playing time and, in the process, more goals.
But it’s turned out very differently. Radamel Falcao is close to joining us, and after his disastrous season with Manchester United last year, there aren’t too many Blues that are too happy about it. This has also made Remy insecure, and there are talks of him wanting a move away to a club that can offer him regular football.
If both the deals mentioned above were to happen, we’d be treading a fine line next season. Costa is never too far away from an injury, and a long-term layoff for him would make Falcao our main striker. If the Colombian’s dismal were to continue, we could ourselves back to in the days of the 2013/14 season, struggling for goals up front. Of course, we will get in another striker if Remy leaves. Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers has been mentioned while Bamford is also an option. But to expect either of them to start firing right from the off would be asking for too much.
If Costa can stay fit for the majority of next season, there will hardly be too much cause of worry. If he doesn’t though, losing Remy would be a disaster. Retaining the title is going to be an uphill task, and doing it without a striker capable of scoring 20 goals a season will be close to impossible. Therefore, we have to be very careful with how we deal with the situation in the next couple of months, or else, the summer could end up haunting us throughout the season.
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Edited By: Harshal
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