Signing Saido Berahino should only be one part of any Chelsea solution

Saido Berahino

Chelsea have been linked with a move for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, but they may want to look at other areas of their side as well.

Chelsea are lining up a bid for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berhaino, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph, as they look to turn around their fortunes after a dismal start to the season. 

The Blues are currently languishing in 16th place just six months after lifting the Premier League title, and the January window could well be used as an opportunity to turn their campaign around. 

However, it is going to take more than landing Berahino for Jose Mourinho and his side to turn the tide at Stamford Bridge - that's of course if they do get him, taking into account the stance Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace took when Tottenham Hotspur tabled a bid for the 22-year-old over the summer which didn't match their valuation. 

That means at least £25 million will have to spent on the player, but it's just in this area where Chelsea have problems. Their defensive record this season is abysmal, as only two sides have conceded more goals than them in Bournemouth and Sunderland - both of whom find themselves in the relegation zone.

Signing a new striker would be welcome, especially someone who has a pretty good goalscoring record at a mid-table club in the top flight, who is young and has a lot of potential to get even better. 

Diego Costa has yet to hit the heights of last season, while Radamel Falcao's dismal form from his loan spell at Manchester United seems to have followed him to West London. 

But there has to be something to address in defence. They are missing Thibaut Courtois, who wouldn't? He is a world class goalkeeper, but it would seem very harsh to put all of their defensive ills down to Asmir Begovic, as there have been plenty of times those in front of him have been found wanting.

Central midfield also looks a big problem as there have been times, even going as far back as January, when they haven't looked as comfortable as they used to. The form that aided Nemanja Matic to be lauded as one of the best in the business has not been there at all so far.

Signing new players isn't going to solve the problems. One doubts that Mourinho would think that in the first place, but if transfers are a part of the plan, then there are going to be more areas that need to be looked at. 

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