Many people believed Chelsea’s strike-force to be the main reason that they fell at the final hurdle last season and that has been put right as Chelsea have replaced all three of their strikers from last year. Demba Ba left for Besiktas, Samuel Eto’o is now playing for Everton and Fernando Torres has joined AC Milan on a two year loan. None of these players broke the ten goal barrier in the league, which is very poor considering the supply line Chelsea are blessed with.
This season, they have Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy. Costa has already scored four goals in three games, showing he could be the difference this season, while Drogba will provide experience in a side that has lost Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. Their final striking addition came out of nowhere, but Loic Remy scored 14 times last season for Newcastle, proving his undoubted quality at the top level.
The Frenchman came days before the deadline for a fee of around £8.5m, which is a bargain considering some of the transfer fees paid this summer. He will provide excellent competition for Diego Costa, while he also provides an alternative option as his playing style differs from the Spaniard. Remy is very quick, often playing on the last defender, while he is an excellent finisher, who has scored all kinds of goals since arriving in England. Meanwhile Costa is more physical and better in the air, and links up play more effectively.
Many see the signing of Remy as a similar purchase to that of Demba Ba, however the Frenchman is a player wanted by Jose Mourinho and Ba never was. Plus Remy has Champions League experience and will be more effective in the bigger matches after playing in similar matches for his country. He is arriving at Stamford Bridge after scoring 20 goals in 42 Premier League appearances. That is a great record, and to have a player like that as a back up is excellent business for Jose Mourinho, who now has strength in depth across all positions.
Chelsea could also use Loic Remy in a partnership alongside Costa, with the Spaniard dropping deeper and Remy making the runs in behind opposition defences. It is an option that must be considered by Mourinho. He used it on occasion last season with Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, but it would be a lot better with Costa and Remy, who have playing styles that will benefit the other.
This summer window has been an excellent one for Chelsea, as Cesc Fabregas and Felipe Luis represent brilliant additions,while they have also provided a solution to the striking problem that has affected the club for a number of years. Diego Costa has already showed that he will be a class act in Chelsea blue, while Didier Drogba needs no introduction after securing Chelsea their first and to date, only Champions League title. He will provide strength in depth and experience to the front line. He is also a good option in the bigger matches as he has always provided in the past for Chelsea. Although Remy won’t be expected to be the main man, he will provide quality from the bench. He could also be utilised in a strike duo, and has the ability to score goals regularly if Costa is ever injured. The Frenchman will prove to be a shrewd signing.