Chelsea’s winter transfer activity could be influenced by a single statistic, which doesn't compliment the club's strikers.
It’s a majorly surprising stat considering the gifted attacking and creative players the Blues have in their midfield, able to create chances, find small pockets of space and generally make the lives of centre forwards early.
It’s a number that Jose Mourinho will be aware of and he’s faced with the difficult decision of whether to move for attacking reinforcements this winter or hold out for the rest of the season until Romelu Lukaku can return to the club.
The current trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have been unable to nail down a starting place in the first team due to inconsistent performances.
There was evidence that Torres was returning to his best form before he picked up an injury and suspension and he’s probably just ahead of the other two in the pecking order as things stand.
The most likely approach Mourinho will take is to hold out until Lukaku returns to the side, as he unfortunately can’t be recalled from his loan spell at Everton.
Chelsea have scored ten goals in Premier League football this season, which shows they are finding ways to get the job done and get results.
Liverpool just above them have scored just one more goal in league games this season so once Torres, Eto’o and Ba start chipping in alongside the talented midfield players, Chelsea have enough to get to the end of the season and to compete for silverware.
If he does move for an additional striker this winter, it’s unlikely to be a high profile, superstar calibre player but someone who is simply a reinforcement and nothing more.
Lukaku is showing great form with Everton at the moment, proving that he’s more than capable of leading an attack in Premier League football effectively.
Signing a high profile striker this winter would threaten Lukaku’s position in the Chelsea starting eleven in the near future, which would cause even more uproar than the decision to let him join Everton on loan this season.
The best sides with the best players are always reluctant to move on their best players in the middle of the season and it will also be difficult for the Blues to find someone who can also play in the Champions League.
It would certainly be a worrying stat if the rest of the side wasn’t chipping in with goals but it’ll certainly be interesting to see if it has an effect on the way Mourinho approaches the next transfer window.
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