I expect Chelsea to be busy in the upcoming weeks, not only because I think they need a striker, but also because there are a few faces in the squad who aren't getting a lot of action on the pitch. It could be that both of my concerns may be getting dealt with though, as the Mirror say Michael Essien is a target for old manager Rafa Benitez at Napoli, and the Daily Star say the Blues are set to bid for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa.
Chelsea have two solid centre backs in Gary Cahill and John Terry. My only concern is that the pair are not getting any younger and I believe Mourinho would benefit from getting a young player, initially as back up, preferably with pace and experience of playing top-flight football in Europe.
When Eden Hazard signed for Chelsea back in 2012 only a few spectators could have enviasaged just what an impact he would have on the club. He arrived as a player full of potential, along with his brother Thorgan, and took no time to settle into the club. After a season and a half at Stamford Bridge, Hazard has made some big impressions, and current manager Jose Mourinho says that the 23-year-old can now become one of the best players in the world.
Ashley Cole, John Terry and Frank Lampard have been the backbone of Chelsea for around the last decade, the three players have featured regularly for Mourinho in both spells as Chelsea manager.
Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o - three strikers who don't exactly fill you with excitement, right? Well, imagine being a Chelsea fan. While Manchester United have Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, Manchester City have Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. Then, look back at Chelsea's choice again. But there is one man who I believe would be perfect for the Stamford Bridge club
He is primarily a central midfielder, despite what talkSPORT say about him being a winger, and he plays from box to box. His energy levels are remarkably high and it allows his team-mates to play with more fluidity, knowing that he will either be forward to support them or sweeping up the mess in front of the defence.
When Mario Balotelli left Manchester City this time last year, he left behind a lot of heavy hearts. Although he frustrated at times, there was never a boring moment when the Italy international was plying his trade in the Premier League. There has been whispers that his return to the English league could be round the corner though, as Chelsea are still supposedly on the lookout for a striker.
Playing alongside the former England skipper would not only benefit his ability but could mean that he is the long-term successor for the west London side.
It seems that wherever Jose Mourinho ends up, the media has a field day. His days running Real Madrid were filled with controversy and headlines sparked by the media after every loss (or even draw). Everything this man does is overly analysed and, perhaps improperly blamed on the vocal coach who is never short of something headline grabbing to say. As a fan of world football, I see articles everywhere talking about Chelsea’s latest mistake and what Mourinho needs to do to right the ship, but after looking a little deeper, it seems that a lot of this criticism is simply too much.
Jose Mourinho suffered another set-back last night as he watched his Chelsea side crash out of the League Cup to lowly Sunderland as they lost 2-1 thanks to an injury time goal from Ki. It was a poor performance from the capital side, so here are three players who I think should lose their place for the weekend.
Jose Mourinho is a man who knows what he's doing. The Portuguese coach has won two Champions League trophies, five league titles and a host of other accolades, both as gaffer and individually. Like I said, he knows what he's doing. However, I once won League Two with Havant and Waterlooville on Championship Manager in 2002 so I am here to give him my expert advice. After reading reports that Chelsea could be looking to sign Fredy Guarin from Inter, I would suggest to the bosses that they should forget about him and go in for this chap.