Chelsea to add more firepower to an already lethal squad
Chelsea demonstrated in their 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion they are head and shoulders above every other team in the Premier League. It could, and perhaps should have been a bigger victory margin; however, England goalkeeper Ben Foster produced a performance worthy of the man of the match award.
The Blues, who are 9/1 with Coral to go unbeaten in the Premier League this season, seem to have the best squad of players in the country, though up front they could be a little bit light.
When Jose Mourinho won the title in his first stint, he usually had four strikers, obviously Didier Drogba, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Mateja Kezman and Mikael Forsell. The following season, he brought Argentina attacker Hernan Crespo back from a loan stint at AC Milan.
This season, he let the club’s record signing Fernando Torres leave on a two-year loan to the Italian outfit, offloaded Demba Ba to Besiktas and sold Romelu Lukaku to Everton for £27m, while allowing Samuel Eto’o to leave for nothing and also join the Toffees.
Admittedly, Mourinho didn’t authorise all of those moves at the same time, and paid £32m for the devastating Diego Costa almost immediately after the end of last season.
Bringing Drogba back on a free transfer later on in the summer was deemed a masterstroke and greeted with joy by fans, and a reported £8m fee paid for Loic Remy with the transfer window coming to a close was a bargain Mourinho couldn’t refuse.
Not bringing in another frontman may have cost Chelsea earlier in the season, with Costa struggling for fitness and Remy sustaining an injury in the Champions League, immediately after scoring, which left them with veteran Drogba as the only fit out-and-out centre forward.
It may come as somewhat as a relief to fans and punters who have backed Chelsea to win the Premier League, then, to know that support could be arriving in January.
Andrej Kramaric, dubbed the new Filippo Inzaghi, could well be on his way to Stamford Bridge. The Croatian senseation has netted 21 in 14 league games this season for his club HNK Rijek so fara, which includes four braces, a hat-trick and very recently, a five-goal haul.
At just 23, he is at the right age to seal a move, and the Blues have apparently moved ahead of Tottenham and Italian side Atalanta in the race to sign him.
Atalanta’s chief, Pierpaolo Marino has told the country’s media: “We have been following Kramaric for a long time, but I think that he’s about to sign a contract with Chelsea.”
Both Milan clubs, Napoli and Monaco, have also been linked to the striker, who is valued at £10m by his club; a price Chelsea could easily afford in the winter window.
Kramaric’s arrival would ease the pressure on Costa, and give Mourinho another option. He has proven to be a very cultured, aware and instinctive finisher, much in the mould of compatriot Davor Suker.
There are also similarities with ex-Arsenal frontman and Brazilian-born Croatia international Eduardo da Silva, though a comparison to ex-Italy international and current AC Milan head coach Inzaghi could be the most accurate.
Able to finish with either foot, or courtesy of his head, Kramaric is accomplished at beating the offside trap, and players of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas’ quality are bound to relish the intelligent runs he makes.
Adding him in January would only move Chelsea onto another level.