With Chelsea losing at home against Fiorentina this week – albeit with an almost entirely different line up than the one which started against Arsenal – we couldn’t help but wonder whether The Blues need to sign another striker before the window closes.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has obviously put his eggs in the Falcao basket as a back up striker for Diego Costa this season.
He also has Loic Remy and Chelsea are also hoping to get a work permit for Brazilian youngster Kennedy.
But none of these players has overly impressed in pre-season and Chelsea looked pretty toothless up top against Fiorentina.
The Guardian said of Falcao’s performance:
The Colombia striker has lost his pace and resembled a man who was dragging a boulder through a field of treacle on the rare occasions when he broke into a run. Chelsea need Costa back.
If anyone can bring the Colombian back to the boil it’s Mourinho.
But it again raises the question of how important pace is in the overall game of a number 9.
We saw with Fernando Torres and Shevchenko before him that, with their pace on the wane, there was little Chelsea could do to increase their effectiveness.
It has to be a concern for Chelsea.
If Costa wasn’t susceptible to injury then the front line would look decent.
But with these niggling injuries seemingly part and parcel of Costa’s career, Chelsea may think about investing again before the start of September.