Since the 2015/16 campaign first got underway this year, Chelsea have simply proven a mere shadow of their former selves. Somehow they’ve churned out one questionable performance after another as their fans grow more and more bemused and frustrated by the week.
Many significant first-teamers have failed to give a true account of themselves so far this season. The Blues’ once formidable back-line has looked vulnerable to say the very least. And Jose Mourinho ultimately seems like a man slowly losing the plot with the rest of the English footballing community turning against him.
However, one of the main shortcomings to Chelsea’s overall approach this year has undoubtedly been the isolated figure of Diego Costa up-top at Stamford Bridge. It’s all well and good playing the Premier League’s ‘bad-boy’ when things are going well, but as the often transgressive front-man just doesn’t prove all that useful without the required service, nowadays the actions of the Brazilian-born Spanish international seem rather pointless in the cold light of day.
So then, although Gonzalo Higuain has reportedly been sounded out as the Blues’ first choice target in the striking department this January, should Jose Mourinho actually opt to move for PSG’s well-known centre-forward Edinson Cavani instead?
The answer could well be, yes. Although Higuain certainly goes down as one of the best finisherers among the current generation of well-established strikers out there, the classy Argentinian, arguably, doesn’t represent someone with the right traits for Chelsea right now.
As the South American can often prove somewhat immobile in the final third, without possessing those all-important quick-feet in tight spaces – the Blues could easily find themselves in exactly the same kind of situation they currently have on their hands with Diego Costa, should they eventually look to land the 27-year-old this January.
What Jose Mourinho arguably requires right about now is a no-nonsense centre-forward who can bully defenders at ease but also prove particularly quick on the break. The Blues obviously play best with a dominant figure up-top – yet as Diego Costa seemingly fills such a role at Stamford Bridge at this current moment in time – the West Londoners are arguably going to need a little more than just sheer physicality to help them out this time.
But that’s where Cavani justifiably comes in. Whilst the Blues have in-fact been linked with the Uruguayan hit man in the not too distant past, the former Napoli striker is yet to depart the Parc des Princes stadium in favour of continuing on with Ligue 1 giants, PSG. However, since making his move to the French league in the summer of 2013, we arguably haven’t seen the best of the 28-year-old, all things considered.
Due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s somewhat immovable presence within Laurent Blanc’s set-up, the likes of Cavani have often been switched out onto the wing where they undoubtedly seem less effective. The same situation has also occurred with Ezequiel Lavezzi since joining PSG – so if such players really want to fulfil their true potential in the modern era, a move away from Ligue 1 must take place sooner rather than later.
Cavani would nonetheless thrive at Stamford Bridge, much like Didier Drogba did a few short seasons ago, just as long as he is played as an out-and-out centre-forward, that is. Whilst the South American isn’t a front-man as gifted as the aforementioned Ivory Coast icon, Cavani would certainly offer all the pace, power and goals Chelsea need right now to pull them out of their current plight.
Diego Costa just doesn’t create enough up top for Mourinho when the going gets tough, and the same could also be said of Gonzalo Higuain should he be interested in a move to the Premier League this January. Through his strong hold-up play in the final third, aerial prowess inside the penalty box and in front of goal – and overall ability to mix pace and physicality at just the right level – Cavani is simply bound to become a success in the Premier League if he comes.
Chelsea should therefore bite the bullet this winter, admit that their problems just won’t go away overnight and look to land Cavani before one their English counter-parts eventually beats them to the Uruguayan’s coveted signature.