Could this trend cost Chelsea big regarding their striker targets?

There is an obvious trend with high profile strikers moving to Chelsea in the Roman Abramovich era.

Chelsea have been linked with an abundance of strikers ahead of the summer transfer window as Jose Mourinho looks for that iconic figure to lead his side heading into next season.

Well over £100 million in forwards have been linked with Stamford Bridge moves with Mario Balotelli, Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao among the strikers the club is reportedly considering.

However, there is a trend which has plagued strikers (with the exception of Drogba!) who have moved to Chelsea after enjoying superstar status at the clubs they represented before.

The three best examples which come to mind are Andriy Shevchenko, Hernan Crespo and Fernando Torres.

That trio all arrived at Chelsea with solid reputations having scored goals for fun at their previous clubs before something happened to change them in West London into seemingly different players.

Crespo scored 20 goals in 49 appearances after two decent spells at Parma and Lazio, Shevchenko scored 127 goals in just over 200 games and produced just nine during his spell with the Blues and Torres arrived with a one goal in two game strike rate from Liverpool and has scored just 19 times in 105 league games.

The reason that several top quality strikers have all struggled at Chelsea is to some extent a mystery.

It could possibly be to do with the way Chelsea setup and traditionally play their football but any forward linked with the club this summer will look into the recent history of players at Stamford Bridge who have occupied their position.

Mourinho seems to want a striker who is going to bully, rough up and intimidate defences to be a prolific poacher and the player the Blues have missed since Drogba left for Galatasaray.

Romelu Lukaku isn’t that player according to the latest reports but will the same happen to Balotelli, Costa, Falcao or Cavani? We’ll just have to wait and see if the Blues can pull off a deal to let us all find out.

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