Chelsea could do a lot worse than signing Stefan Kiessling from Bayer Leverkusen.
Chelsea are going to have to make a couple of big changes this summer and that doesn’t include appointing a permanent manager.
They have looked off the pace in the Premier League after falling away, having led the table at the start of the campaign.
One of the main problems for the side has been the inconsistency shown from the strikers at the club, in particular Fernando Torres.
The addition of Demba Ba last month was a sensible one but the club does need a talisman to just push things on a little further. Enter, Stefan Kiessling.
The Bayer Leverkusen target man has been linked with a £6 million transfer to Chelsea, which is pennies for the West London club and cheap in the context of the current market.
What makes the price all the more remarkable is how consistent and prolific Kiessling has been in a lower quality team this season; 15 goals in 23 Bundesliga games.
Take him out of that side and put him into a team which has midfielders who can drop the ball onto a penny and he could quickly become a Chelsea legend because of his strike rate.
Chelsea have been linked with players that would cost them six or seven times as much as Kiessling; Falcao and Cavani but considering the impending financial rules which will hit the Premier League, business sense has to prevail.
Bear in mind Kiessling has scored 31 goals, so far, from the start of last season up to this point, in a league which contains Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, two of the most dangerous teams in Europe.
Ba is currently operating at a strike rate of one goal in every six appearances (four starts and two sub appearances for Chelsea) which is not why they drafted him into the club.
There is no need to replace any of the strikers at Chelsea because they can all do a job but the club needs someone who is going to score all types of goals regularly, if the club is to advance and get back some glory next season.
Of course a lot depends on who is appointed as manager in the summer but Chelsea shouldn’t be afraid at looking at players of Kiessling’s stature and ability.
Chelsea fans, do you think he could do a job?
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