Mourinho's message to Falcao and Chelsea's existing strike force!
Jose Mourinho has given the clearest indication that Radamel Falcao is one of his targets this su...
Jose Mourinho has given the clearest indication that Radamel Falcao is one of his targets this summer. In doing so, he has immediately cast doubts over our existing strike force!
As many of you would have seen of late, Chelsea have been linked with all sorts of big named strikers throughout Europe.
Players such as Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Cavani, Costa and Lewandowski have all been muted in the press as potential signings but one person has remained linked with a move to Chelsea despite signing a mega bucks contract at Monaco last summer and that's Radamel Falcao.
With financial fair play coming into football, you have to question how Monaco fits into all this with the emphasis being on the football clubs living within their means. Monaco have a small stadium and low attendance figures despite a wealthy owner.
Speaking of Falcao, Mourinho, to the surprise of most people, gave a clear indication of his intention to sign him for Chelsea this summer by saying:
‘I have a team, but no striker. Falcao does not have a team. A player like him can’t play in front of 3,000 people.’
Let's be honest here, all of us were surprised when Falcao chose Monaco over Chelsea and some other big named European clubs. You have to assume that the driving force behind his decision was financial gain.
So what of the comments made by Mourinho? Well it's obvious that we need a prolific striker to take us to the level that Mourinho demands. Without actually saying "I am going to make a bid for him this summer", Mourinho has opened the door to the press and without question to Falcao.
The player himself will read his comments and will have something to think about. Will he decide to see out his current contract at Monaco or be tempted by the challenge with Chelsea?
Where does the comment made by Mourinho leave our existing strike force? He has stated he has a team with no striker so it's obvious that long term, he isn't happy with the balance he has in that position in accordance with the framework of the team.
Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku must have read those comments and have feared for their long term future at Stamford Bridge!
I know that Fernando Torres has been out injured but it looks as though Samuel Eto'o has replaced him these days as Jose's number one. I will admit when he came here I had reservations. He had been playing in Russia taking a massive payday and it seemed as though his glory days in European football were over.
To his credit, despite it taking him a while to settle, Eto'o now looks match fit, he looks sharp and has been scoring goals. Not only that, but his link up play is good as we have seen.
Just this weekend, Eto'o has posted on his Instagram account denying reports that he will leave Chelsea after a single season. He obviously thinks he has a future here!
Fernando Torres has always spoken about the length of his contract to play at Chelsea. He has often spoken of the respect he has for the supporters for always sticking with him through the difficult time he has had here but again, goals are the problem.
No one can ever question his work rate off of the ball but I just get the feeling that Mourinho wants more in every department from our Spanish striker.
I personally still believe that as a team, we are still working on changing our style this time around. It has taken us two seasons to do it but our playing style is now a far cry from what it used to be with Didier Drogba in the side.
Despite everything, I still believe Torres offers us plenty and with a good run in the team under Mourinho, can finally deliver the goals we need!
As for Demba Ba? Well I think we can safely assume that he WILL leave the club this summer. Being linked with a move to Arsenal last August and then will a deal almost being complete to move to Turkey, Ba is purely used as cover under Mourinho and his future lies elsewhere.
So what of Romelu Lukaku? Well, if reports are to be believed (and most of the time it is just rumour and speculation), Lukaku will be offered as part exchange in a deal to being Costa to the Bridge from Atletico Madrid!
It will be interesting to see what happens at the end of the season when the big Belgian returns to training with Mourinho after the rumours about what happened on transfer deadline day still not being dealt with.
Lukaku claimed he asked to go out on loan because he was told he would not get enough first team football and Mourinho stated he asked for a permanent transfer and the compromise was a loan to Everton for the season.
Do we believe that Lukaku fits into our style of play now that we have moved away from the days of Drogba? Do we think that Mourinho believes in him? I'm not so sure.
We now know that Falcao is the man he wants.
Carefree & KTBFFH!