The arrival of Samuel Eto’o means that Chelsea will more than likely try to offload a forward before Monday’s transfer deadline.
When Jose Mourinho chose no strikers in his team for the Premier League clash at Manchester United, it would have been intriguing to hear Roman Abramovich’s take on the team sheet.
Chelsea’s Russian owner would almost certainly have read something into the team selection, which prompted a fast deal for Samuel Eto’o after it became clear Wayne Rooney wouldn’t be leaving Manchester United.
Chelsea’s striker reserves are now looking very healthy over the rest of the season but which forward is most likely to face the axe?
The Spaniard has never been quite able to justify the £50 million the club paid for him from Liverpool and he could definitely attract the interest of several other top Premier League sides as well as teams from across Europe.
However, the biggest stumbling block to today’s reports is the fact Torres started Mourinho’s first Premier League match of his second spell and of the club’s season.
Why would Mourinho give such a huge hint that he intends to use Torres over the course of the season if he knew in the back of his mind that he’d be forcing him out as soon as he got some cover in.
Ba is probably a little more likely to leave the club if the boss is thinking of getting rid of one of his higher profile forwards.
Ba has been linked with a loan return to Newcastle United and it’s a move he may jump at because it guarantees him regular first team football, which is not going to happen if he stays at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho has shown very little indication of using Ba for big games and important situations, preferring to rely on his variety of gifted attacking midfield players to fill the void in attack.
However, Ba could be saved due to the presence of Victor Moses in the current squad, a player behind Eto’o, Torres and Ba in the pecking order at Chelsea.
Moses has been linked with a loan move to Liverpool which could still happen and it’s the most likely deal that Mourinho will allow to go through.
The worrying factor as far as Ba will be concerned is Mourinho’s faith in younger players this season. Moses is still only 22-years-old and the boss may see enough in him to keep him at the club in the same way he wants to develop players like Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle over an extended period.
If you fancy having a little bet on which Chelsea forward will next leave the club then go for Ba.
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