Chelsea are currently on a run of seven games in the league without a victory, which for a team of their standards is almost unheard of. However despite this dismal form, they still lie in third place and a reachable ten points behind leaders Manchester United, so if they are to make a remarkable turnaround and become Champions again, they’ll need to search for new additions to spark the life back into a squad lacking in confidence.
Here are three transfers that I believe could put Chelsea’s season back on track.
If the Blues could sign one player to lift up their spirits and guarantee goals, it is this Colombian star striker. He has hit 14 goals in 15 appearances already this season – including a hat-trick against Chelsea in the UEFA Supercup – which has fired his side Atletico Madrid into second place in La Liga. With current front man Fernando Torres still proving that he is one of the world’s worst ever transfer signings – given the amount of money spent on him – Roman Abramovich will have to bite the bullet and cut his losses on the Spaniard by bringing in the fearless Falcao.
He possesses great pace, stamina, heading ability (despite being fairly small) and being two-footed, he has all the traits to succeed in England and at Stamford Bridge, and still only 26-years-old he could become a legend at the club – matching perhaps even Didier Drogba.
He has certainly hinted in the past that he would be interested in playing for the london side, but it is just whether his current club would sanction such a move given his importance to the team. Perhaps a switch deal involving former Atletico favourite Torres could be on the cards? Whatever the deal, Falcao should be Chelsea’s number one target.
After making the unexpected transfer from Porto to Zenit St Petersburg in the summer for a fee of around £35m, life in Russia hasn’t quite gone to plan for the Brazilian after falling out with teammates and most recently with his manager Luciano Spalletti during their victory over AC Milan.
Despite this recent rift, the forward remains an incredibly talented footballer, with the pace and power to be an instant hit in Premier League. According to reports he has been quoted saying: ’If the situation with the coach does not resolve itself I may leave the club in the January transfer window.’
If what he says is sincere, then Chelsea should be seriously looking to making an offer for the Olympics 2012 runner-up. He would work well with current stylish players such as Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, and with an already strong Brazilian contingent at Stamford Bridge, he would be able to settle in more easily.
Chelsea clearly have a lot of creativity and flair in their side, but what they perhaps lack is a bit of grit and tenacity – particularly in the deeper midfield role. Chelsea have been linked with Tiote in the past, and with Newcastle way down in the league, it could be a tempting move for the Ivory Coast international.
Having sent Michael Essien out on loan, and never really replacing the ever-dependable Claude Makelele all those years ago, they currently rely on John Obi Mikel, who although has begun to show his worth these last couple of seasons, is still not someone who can be trusted every game.
What Chelsea need is someone who can run around in their own half and put fear into the opposition by protecting the defence – much like a lioness defending its cubs – and someone who can create and sustain confidence and organisation to his side, whilst taking the pressure off his teammates by giving them freedom to do what they do best further in attack.
Tiote would fit that mould perfectly, as he is not only solid at defending, but very good with the ball if needed. He could also provide cover for the ever-roaming David Luiz, allowing him to express himself more perhaps.
If Chelsea were to buy Falcao especially, and someone similar in style to Tiote, then the Premier League could very soon become a three horse race come the end of the season. Do you agree with this article? Who would you want to see at Chelsea in January?