Five striker successes for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

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Which five players who played under Jose at Chelsea, Porto and Inter Milan make up the list of his greatest striker choices?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is currently receiving a fair amount of stick for his decisions in the striker department this season - in particular his decision to send Romelu Lukaku out on loan to Everton.

Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have been out of form ever since arriving at Stamford Bridge - and Samuel Eto’o looks to be well beyond his best.

But things are not always this way when it comes to Jose Mourinho and strikers.

Here are five of the best striker signings Mourinho has made in his managerial career…

Diego Milito

Mourinho brought in the Argentine striker from Genoa in September 2008. El Principe proved to be an incredible signing for Mourinho, as he was named UEFA Footballer of the Year in his first campaign - as he fired Inter to Champions League glory in his debut season.

He ended up scoring 30 goals in 52 games under Mourinho, before the Portuguese left at the end of the season.

Benni McCarthy

During something of a striker crisis at Porto, Mourinho snapped up the South African on loan from Celta Vigo.

He helped them to qualify for the UEFA Cup in 2002, scoring 12 goals in 11 games, and was snapped up permanently in 2003.

He went on to score 23 goals in 41 games under Mourinho - as he celebrated Champions League success.

Didier Drogba

This list would of course not be complete without Didier Drogba. The Ivorian was signed for big money from Marseille, and ended up scoring 157 goals in 341 games for the club - before he left for nothing when his contract expired last summer.

He is likely to one day return to the club in some capacity, as a legend.

Samuel Eto’o

While the Cameroonian might be one of the reasons why I am writing this article, when Mourinho snapped him up from Barcelona it was quite a different story.

He was signed as part of the deal that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic go to Spain, but he was snapped up by Mourinho at Inter - with great effect.

He scored 16 goals in 48 games - also helping Mourinho claim another Champions League triumph.

Helder Postiga

Not technically a signing, but the Portuguese striker was given his first extended run in the Porto first team by Mourinho in 2002-03.

He scored 19 goals in 44 appearances before being sold, infamously, to Tottenham Hotspur.

Who do you think is Mourinho’s best striker signing?

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