Chelsea returned to winning ways in the fiery win over Arsenal, but the result has come at a price. Diego Costa is banned for three games following a violent conduct charge for his antics in the 2-0 win.
With the Brazilian born Spaniard now out, the Blues must rely on either Radamel Falcao or Loic Remy. Though the joined efforts of Eden Hazard and Pedro are likely to muster a few goals over the season, relying on Costa may be unwise.
Not only is he constantly in the news for his, let’s say, ‘lively’ approach to the game, he also struggles with injuries. Though when fit he is a striker fit to spearhead a Jose Mourinho side, the options after the 26-year old make for nervous reading.
Falcao’s struggles are well documented, and Remy has never truly been trusted by the Portuguese.
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Inter Milan are currently on a 100% record in Serie A, with their signings over the summer looking to have settled in well. However, Mourinho can take heart in the face that his former club have previously shifted on big players.
Mateo Kovacic and Xherdan Shaqiri have been allowed to leave the San Siro, so a move for Inter’s star player is not out of the realms of possibility.
The Argentine plundered 31 goals last year, and is one of the hottest properties in Europe. He could be a viable alternative to Costa, able to provide similar industry.
Though not an out and out centre-forward, the French star has proven himself to a potent attacker with Atletico Madrid. The former Real Sociedad man is perfect for the counter attacking style so associated with Jose Mourinho.
Able to operate across the front-line, a potential partnership with Eden Hazard is mouth-watering.
The 24-year-old continues to grow under the tutelage of Diego Simeone, and the Madrid outfit have previous when it comes to selling their star players to Chelsea.
The Bayern Munich man famously netted 5 goals in 9 minutes against Wolfsburg recently, a testament to how lethal the Polish international is.
Jose Mourinho has previous with the ex-Dortmund star, having witnessed him score 4 goals in the Champions League semi-final clash between the Bundesliga giants and Real Madrid.
The ice-cool finishing, close control and clever movement so synonymous with the 27-year old would be a welcome addition to the Premier League.
The Juventus star has quite the CV despite his age, with the 22-year old having already played for the Old Lady and Real Madrid in his short career.
He battles with Costa for a place in the Spanish national side, and his arrival at Stamford Bridge could spark some healthy competition.
He’s a traditional centre-forward, likely to run the channels as well as poach inside the box. His goal against Manchester City proves he is capable of the spectacular.
Struggling to replicate his stellar form shown last year, the Lyon man has that in common with the Blues.
However, he proved what a good player he is with 31 strikes last term, and is still learning at the highest level. As a backup to Costa, he would be a longer term solution to Falcao, with huge room for improvement.
Another who’s versatility could surely endear himself to Mourinho, the Frenchman could work wonders around the quality in Chelsea’s midfield.
A left field suggestion, but the Southampton star is proving he is no one season wonder. He’s far more refined than Costa, and has been lethal since arriving in England.
While he may not be as exciting as some of the younger names in this list, Mourinho could rely on a lot worse as a back-up. The Italian star instantly settled on the South Coast, and shows no sign of stopping.
Another two goals against Manchester United prove the 30-year-old is at times unplayable in the penalty area.