If there’s one serious flaw in the Chelsea first team right now, it’s undoubtedly the absence of a high-quality centre-forward that can guarantee goals.
Jose Mourinho seems pretty set on sticking to his policy of rotating Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o in the lone striker role this season, and he’s continually rebuffed notions that he’ll try to land a big-money goal-machine this January.
But the forward trio have found just eleven goals between them this term, averaging just 0.3 goals per appearance, which is hardly what you’d describe as title-winning material.
Admittedly, a significant proportion of the Blues goals come from defence and midfield, but the lack of a reliable Didier Drogba figure in the final third has become increasingly noticeable throughout the campaign.
In addition to their lacklustre efforts in front of goal, Torres, Ba and Eto’o can all be accused of having rather ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ performances from one week into the next, in no doubt due to the fact they’re constantly being rotated in and out of the starting XI, which has become a rather self-fulfilling process.
Compare that to Manchester City, where they have three forwards who would walk into the Chelsea first team right now, or Arsenal where Olivier Giroud provides a consistent level of performance even during his occasional goal droughts, and you can see how a lack of regularity in the final third could seriously work against the West Londoners come May-time.