There are renewed concerns around the Chelsea attack, Didier Drogba misfired badly in the game against Schalke while doubts persist over Diego Costa’s fitness. Jose Mourinho may look to Paris Saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani to address these issues.
Chelsea fans thought with summer signing of Diego Costa and the return of club legend Dider Drogba the had consigned their problems up front to the past. However doubts have reemerged in the wake of last night’s disappointing draw at home to Schalke.
Diego Costa has started the season in sensational form, his combative style and ruthless finishing have made him a crowd favourite at Stamford Bridge already. However doubts remain over his fitness, and his ability to produce this lethal form in every game. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admitted his star striker cannot play three games a week, and that he is being used sparingly until he returns to full fitness in the wake of his injury on international duty. He was quoted in The Star as saying
“Diego Costa is not in condition to play three matches in a week. He has problems when he plays one game, he needs a week to recover. Today he was not in condition to play. We have to manage the situation until the moment he’s completely fine. I don’t know how long that will be.”
The niggling hamstring injury he sustained with the Spainish national team persisits and while the Blues boss in public claims he is confident Costa will recover to full fitness, the situation, at the outset of a long season, must be a real worry.
Didier Drogba deputised for the Brazilian born Spanish international in the Schalke game but spurned a number of clear cut chances. The Ivorian appealed to the fans for patience he was quoted in the Independent as saying
“I was feeling much better in the second half. I’m like a diesel, I need time.”
While undoubtedly the fans love the 36-year-old a diesel engine may not be good enough to cope with Premier League intensity, especially up top where space and time are at a premium.
Perhaps the Special One shares their concerns which is why he make a move for Paris Saint Germain striker and petrol engine, Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan had been linked with a number of Premier League clubs over the summer but nothing came of it, however according to French sports newspaper l’Equipe he may be amenable to a move in the January window. The striker is believed to be unhappy to be part of the supporting cast to egomaniac Zlatan Ibrohimivic at the Ligue 1 Club. Chelsea could be a good home for the misfit although he would have to compete with Costa and Drogba for the limelight here. The price tag to land the wantaway would be a hefty £50 million and it should be noted that Arsenal, who also have their problems up front, are regarded as frontrunners to land the South American.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.