The loan striker that Chelsea should've signed to aid their title bid

Dimitar Berbatov

Chelsea had a productive transfer window, bringing in Nemanja Matic, Bertrand Traore, Mohamed Salah and Kurt Zouma but did they miss out on a striker?

The Blues were mightily impressive in their 1-0 win away at Manchester City on Monday night, where manager Jose Mourinho got the game spot on tactically, proving that his side can be considered a legitimate title challenger, with new man Matic playing a key role in their win.

Mourinho said goodbye to two playmakers in the January transfer window, as Kevin de Bruyne and Juan Mata left Stamford Bridge for Wolfsburg and Manchester United respectively in search of first-team football, as both players had been frozen out under Mourinho this season.

But whilst the team are performing superbly at the moment, Chelsea fans would still have liked to have seen another striker added to the squad, as the Blues' strikes have somewhat struggled to justify their reputations this season. Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have combined for just 11 league goals, and with Torres now injured, they are left short up front once again.

A sensible signing to alleviate some of the concerns in the short-term would have been to bring Dimitar Berbatov to the club from local rivals Fulham. The Bulgarian has joined Ligue 1 side Monaco on a loan deal until the end of the season, but would have been able to contribute heavily in Chelsea's title run-in had they submitted an offer, with the 33-year-old still possessing the touch and class that has made him such a great player to watch in the Premier League.

With Torres injured and Romelu Lukaku returning from his Everton loan deal at the end of the season, Mourinho and Chelsea could have brought Berbatov in on a short-term deal to strengthen the depth in the squad ahead of the vital end to the season. The geographical proximity between Fulham and Chelsea would also have been appealing to the former Manchester United striker, but now Mourinho will have to survive with Eto'o, Ba and an injured Torres – though would anyone back against him winning the title again anyway?

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