Jose Mourinho has ruled out entering the transfer market for a new forward in January, although he is believed to be growing frustrated with his goal-shy strikers, according to the Telegraph.

Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o have managed just four Premier League goals between them all season, and Mourinho’s strikers were once again ineffective as his side crashed to a 3-2 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia on Saturday.

Mourinho has also come under fire for his decision to loan out Romelu Lukaku to Everton, with the Belgian having been in terrific goal scoring form since his move to Goodison Park.

However, Mourinho has admitted he will not be requesting funds for a new striker in January, claiming he is happy to work with the players he currently has at his disposal until the end of the season at least.

“If you tell me [Sergio] Agüero has scored already 10 or 12 goals, [Alvaro] Negredo 10 or 12 goals, [Edin] Dzeko four or five, Rooney eight or 10, [Olivier] Giroud eight or 10, [Daniel] Sturridge eight or 10, [Luis] Suárez 10 or 12, if you ask me would I like my strikers to score eight-10-12 goals, yes,” Mourinho said.

“If we had eight-10-12 goals [from the strikers] we would be top of the league. That’s a reality but my strikers give everything and the team works hard. What can you do more? We work, we keep working. That’s the only way I know is to keep working.

“Of course we want the best possible results, but I am not waiting for players, I am not asking for players. This is a period for the club and this is a period of my team where we have to try and improve the players we have and try to build a future.

“It is my squad. For good and for bad it is my squad. Of course it is not the perfect squad, but it is my squad and I work with them until the last day. To criticise does not help me. What do I win by criticising my players? I win nothing.”

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