Former Chelsea player and manager Glenn Hoddle suggests trouble ahead with strikers

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The former England boss is unsure whether the club have enough strikers.

Chelsea look to be the favourites to win the Premier League title again this season. The Blues have not had the best of pre-season campaigns and lost the Community Shield to Arsenal last weekend. However, they still have probably the best squad in the Premier League and one of the most dangerous strikers in the division.

However, Glenn Hoddle believes they need to assess their striker options ahead of the new campaign.

Hoddle, who played and managed Chelsea in his career, is concerned about the fitness issues for Diego Costa and how eligible replacements new signing Radamel Falcao and French striker Loic Remy are.

He wrote on his Kicca page:

“One of my concerns for Chelsea’s chance of winning the league is that if he [Costa] is out with hamstring trouble too many times I’m not so sure they’ve got the firepower to replace him. That was evident at Wembley on Sunday against Arsenal, they struggled to get in behind, Costa can hold the ball up but he can also get in behind the defence and is a real handful to deal with. I’m not sure Falcao and Remy have got enough in their locker to replace him.

“Between now and the end of the window Mourinho will really have to work with his medical team to find out whether Costa could break down again. If he feels he can break down then he’s got to go buy another striker, I really do.”

The main issue is fitness. As Hoddle says, Falcao is a pale imitation of the player he was before his knee troubles took a toll on his game.

Costa struggles badly with muscular injuries. He has suffered hamstring and thigh injuries in recent times and it was this that seemed to stop him driving on and becoming the Premier League’s top scorer last term.

Chelsea are unlikely to go into the market for yet another striker at this point, so they will have to manage their current options.

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