Chelsea need to add to their attack this summer but Wilfried Bony should not be the player they go after.
A new week and new rumours as Vitesse Arnhem forward Wilfried Bony has now been linked with a possible move to Chelsea, which may not be the best move for the club to make for several reasons.
The Ivory Coast striker looks set to leave the Dutch club this summer, with pretty much any decent European team being linked with him as a possible destination.
It shouldn’t be Chelsea because they need to go after a heavyweight striker, the sort of player who can have the same sort of effect at Chelsea that Luis Suarez has had at Liverpool and Robin Van Persie has had at Manchester United.
There is no doubt he’s been prolific which is why he’s being linked with so many clubs. You don’t bang in 27 goals in 21 games without causing a few clubs to sit up and pay attention.
The point is he cannot move from an inferior league and club to an established Premier League and European giant like Chelsea and expect to have the same sort of effect.
Fernando Torres is the perfect case in point. Torres moved to Chelsea from Liverpool as one of the most prolific strikers in England but he’s failed to have anything like the same sort of impact at Stamford Bridge as he did at Anfield.
He doesn’t offer the Chelsea attack anything they don’t already have in terms of size, strength and presence.
He is not a Didier Drogba or Romelu Lukaku type of striker in the respect that he has that commanding physical presence in the opponent’s half of the pitch, which has been something they have been missing since Drogba left and Lukaku went out on loan to West Brom.
The much safer option for Chelsea is to go after a striker with a proven track record in top flight European football. Falcao is the perfect example and a name which doesn’t seem like it’s going to leave Chelsea circles any time soon.
Bony has had an exceptional season but Falcao has had several exceptional seasons and if both of them become available at the same time this summer, there is only one name that Chelsea will be going after.
You have to look back to Falcao's River Plate days in 2008/2009 to find an example of the last time he finished a season with a strike rate of less than one in two.
It’s also something which depends entirely on who Chelsea appoint as their permanent manager once Rafa Benitez has walked through the exit door at the end of the season.
If the rumours are true then that could well be Jose Mourinho who has based most of his teams during his managerial career around having a specific striker who can carry the team for the entire time he’s at a club.
Whether that can be Bony is debateable because while his profile and strike rate at Vitesse is exactly what Chelsea would want from him at Stamford Bridge, it’s not a simple case of moving clubs, moving leagues and expecting everything to fit into place quickly and easily.
Should Chelsea go after Bony this summer?
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