When the chips are down, clubs have this tendency of buying the first player that becomes available. Chelsea Football club are going through the same crisis at the moment withe their leading striker Diego Costa going haplessly out of form. There have been several suggestions of Costa getting sold in January with a new centre-forward being brought in.
Despite being linked with players like Gonzalo Higuain and Antoine Griezmann, Chelsea are now favorites to sign West Brom forward Saido Berahino for a reported fee of £20million. This is where, Jose Mourinho must be wary of making another panic buy like he did with Radamel Falcao in the summer.
There is no denying Berahino’s talent as a striker, however, he is still not ready to be Chelsea’s leading striker at the moment. Mourinho needs a striker, whom he can fully depend on and ask to produce 20-30 goals regularly. Berahino for his part, he is still getting to master his craft and expecting such a return will only add to the pressure and lead him towards failure.
Signing Falcao has not done Chelsea any good, instead, it has seen the club lose bucket load of money without getting anything in return. Costa’s lack of form is indeed a cause of concern for Chelsea but it should not push them in making another of those last-minute mindless transfers. These kind of transfers often end up costing a club too much and makes them regret few months later.
It is time, Chelsea sort out their philosophy of signing strikers. In the last last decade, only Didier Drogba has been an effective signing, barring that you name them – Hernan Crespo, Andriy Shevchenko, Nicolas Anelka or Fernando Torres, all turned out to be flops. There is a lesson to be learnt for Chelsea and Mourinho as they look to sign the next striker at Stamford Bridge. Big name and recent form never guarantees any striker success at Chelsea. It has to be a well-thought transfer this time as it could very well decide the club’s eventual league position when the season ends.
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