Chelsea’s lacklustre performances against bottom-half Premier League sides continued last weekend as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Norwich City.
It was an all too familiar tale for the Blues as they dominated, hit the woodwork twice yet ultimately failed to break down a stubborn opposition.
Norwich City aren’t alone in frustrating boss Jose Mourinho, as West Ham United, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Stoke City and Aston Villa have all staked their claim as factors behind Chelsea’s failed title challenge.
For Mourinho, each dropped point felt like Groundhog Day as his expensively-assembled strike force failed to do the task asked of them.
In an interview quoted by The Mirror, despite their poor return this season, Mourinho praised his forward players for their efforts before revealing the qualities he’s looking to find in a potential new striker this summer.
He said: “Our strikers are good strikers, but our players lack some specific qualities. They are not the kind of guys who can dribble the ball and make space and dribble and shoot. But they are good players. They did everything they could in the season to help.”
A striker who can dribble, make space and shoot, has Jose Mourinho just described Diego Costa?
The Atletico Madrid striker has been in incredible form this season, scoring 27 league goals in 33 La Liga starts.
Aside from his scoring antics, he fits in with the striker description that Jose Mourinho so desperately craves. The Brazilian-born star can create space, his 108 shots on goal over the season is 49 more than Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o and Costa’s 60 successful dribbles is 31 higher than Fernando Torres.
Such strikers, however, come at a heavy cost and Atletico Madrid will not want to lose thier star player for cheap.