Who should be the 'one' in Chelsea's 4-2-3-1?
Didier Drogba’s last kick of a football in a Chelsea shirt, was his famous winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final, against Bayern Munich. The Ivorian’s departure left a huge void in the blue’s front line; an issue that has still not been resolved. Fifty million pound man, Fernando Torres just can’t get it right and Demba Ba doesn’t seem capable enough of leading a club with Chelsea’s ambitions. With that being said, here are the two most likely candidates to be Chelsea FC’s main man next season.
The Columbian international definitely needs no introduction and has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. This is no surprise, as he has scored 45 goals in 56 appearances for the Madrid based club. This makes him the most wanted striker in Europe and the 27-year-old has expressed his desire to play in the Premier League one day, making Chelsea his most likely destination.
Falcao almost single handedly led Atletico to UEFA Europa League glory in 2012 and also scored a scintillating hat-rick against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup. Roman Abramovich may even get the former Porto star for less than his estimated buyout clause of 45 million Euro’s if they decide to send Fernando Torres the other way; back to the club where it all began for him.
At 2o, Romelu Lukaku is already terrorizing defenders in England‘s top tier but not for the club that signed him from Anderlecht in 2011. Lukaku was sold to Chelsea for 17 million pounds but is currently on loan to fellow Premier League side West Brom. The big Belgian had a quiet start to his Chelsea career under Andre Villas Boas and publicly expressed his discontent at the lack of first team action he received. A loan move was inevitable in 2012 as a host of clubs lined up for his services, with Albion signing him on a season long loan during the summer transfer window.
Since then, Romelu Lukaku has scored 12 goals in just over 20 appearances for the West Midland side while the strikers at his parent club have struggled to find the back of the net. Lukaku is branded the ‘new Didier Drogba’ and rightly so, as his physical strength and hold up play is second to none. It might be premature to say that Romelu Lukaku is already good enough to lead Chelsea’s attack but going by current form, it might not be long before the Stamford Bridge faithful is singing his name, week in, week out.
Chelsea FC have also been linked with a handful of Europe’s top marksmen such as Edinson Cavani, Wilfried Bony, Jackson Martinez and Andre Schurrle. However, Radamel Falcao and Romelu Lukaku look to be the most obvious choices to fight it out with Demba Ba to be Chelsea’s ‘one’ in their 4-2-3-1 next season.