Max Kruse to solve Chelsea striking problems?

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Should Chelsea sign Max Kruse in January? Tom Thorogood writes why he is a good candidate.

Borussia Moenchengladbach striker Max Kruse is certainly making a name for himself this season. And one manager in particular in dire need of a consistent striker is Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho.

Kruse has been abit of a mystery, not a big name in his late teens and not setting the Bundesliga on fire, so his rise has come out of the blue.

Spells at Werder Bremen and St. Pauli were followed by a solid 2012-13 season at Freiburg where he notched 11 goals in 34 appearances.

However, since signing for M.Gladbach in April, 2013, the recently capped German international has been in scintillating form and according to whoscored.com the German striker is currently one of the most productive players in the world.

In 15 Bundesliga appearances Kruse has notched 8 goals and 4 assists with 6 MOTM performances. But what is more telling is his positioning and movement, allowing him to create an average of 2.4 shots per game. Clinical?

Chelsea’s strikers on the other hand have been anything but productive.

Torres has one PL goal to his name, with a SPG (shots per game) average of 1.7.

Likewise Demba Ba with just the one goal and a SPG of 1.6.

Samuel Eto’o has managed a higher SPG of 2.7, however only the 2 goals to his name would suggest he’s been rather wasteful.

Mourinho has spoken of his disappointment in his strikers, claiming their lack of goals make him ‘unhappy’

"The number of goals in the Premier League is not the number I want and they want,” said the Blues boss.

“This is something very, very obvious, between them they have four goals.

“Strikers do help the team in other ways, no doubt, but the number of goals they are scoring is not enough to make me happy and to make them happy."

Failure to secure a Champions League spot for M.Gladbach could be enough for Kruse to end his short but successful spell at the club, but Chelsea could move to try and sign him even sooner.

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