One more... Then Chelsea's strikeforce will be best in the Premier League

Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea are just one top striker away from boasting the best in the Premier League.

Despite finishing the season 14 points behind champions Manchester United, the scale of restructuring at Chelsea this summer will not be as major as many would have you believe.

The 'weakness' in Chelsea's side most commonly wheeled out is that the Blues are let down by their strikeforce, and it is true that it is one of the areas they do need to strengthen.

But the return of Romelu Lukaku, reinvigorated by his spell at West Brom, leaves Chelsea's attack in particularly healthy shape.

Let's look at his return at the Baggies - 17 goals in total - all in the Premier League.

Then Fernando Torres' tally for Chelsea is not bad either, for all his detractors he bagged 22 goals in all competitions. While just eight came in the Premier League, his overall contribution was vital to Chelsea's season.

January addition Demba Ba also added nine goals in half a season, and will surely still hope to play his part next season.

These three provide a valuable starting point for the new boss, likely Jose Mourinho, to be starting with at Stamford Bridge - and surely just one big name will be needed to complete the puzzle.

It is a commonly held theory that a team must have four top strikers to compete successfully on all fronts in modern football. 

Manchester City had Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez and Aguero when they won the title in 2011/12, and in 2012/13 Manchester United had Van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez and Welbeck.

Chelsea this season just had two, Torres and Sturridge in the first half of the season and Torres and Ba subsequently. Adding Lukaku back into the mix substantially boosts their options.

Meaning Chelsea need just one more player for their striking quartet, except a fourth choice it will not be.

Chelsea require a top striker, a player capable of scoring 30 goals a season, one who can be the side's talisman and leave the existing trio as a dangerous supporting cast.

As for who that name may be, Mourinho surely has some idea. A Cavani, Falcao, Lewandowski, each are capable of delivering what is required.

Add one of them to Torres, Lukaku and Ba, and Chelsea may just have a strikeforce to better United, City, and any other team - and in the process establish themselves as favourites for next season's Premier League.

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