Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to add some much needed firepower to his Chelsea side this summer. There’s no better opportunity to catch the eye than at a World Cup. Here are five strikers who may very well interest the Special One at the World Cup.
1) Fred (Brazil):
At the ripe age of 30, and considering Mourinho’s recent comments about Samuel Eto’o, Fred may be a bit on the elderly side for Chelsea. However, he does possess an incredible goal scoring record and has hit 30 plus goals in his last two seasons. His international record is equally impressive and the Brazilian has 16 goals in just 29 internationals.
A proven goal scorer is something desperately lacking at Stamford Bridge. Fred is likely to be leading the line for A Seleção in Rio and a free scoring World Cup would interest plenty. However, issues of homesickness have arisen in the past.
2) Abel Hernandez (Uruguay):
Another member of the star-studded Uruguay strike force, Hernandez is the youngest and probably least well known of a quartet that includes Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan. At just 23 the Palermo striker scored 14 times last term and is likely to be sprung from the bench at the World Cup. Despite this, he could still make a name for himself using his pace and training alongside the trio mention already can only be a positive.
Signing Hernandez would prove to be a massive risk as he is relatively unproven and his name is inflated through potential, but risk taking is not beyond Mourinho. We all remember the doubts cast when he first signed a certain Didier Drogba.
3) Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina):
The ex-Real Madrid man has gone unnoticed by a lot of football supporters since moving to Napoli. After being made surplus to requirements at Madrid with the form of Cristiano Ronaldo and signing of Gareth Bale, he flirted with Arsenal before moving to Italy.
The move, however, has not stopped him scoring goals. With Napoli the Argentine scored 22 goals in all competitions, and he would fit into the Chelsea mould perfectly. His World Cup form has never been in doubt scoring a memorable hat-trick four years ago and this year should be no different. He will be battling Sergio Aguero to lead the line, but if the Manchester City man is not fully fit, Higuain could help lead the Argentinians go all the way.
4) Aleksandr Kokorin (Russia):
Despite being just 23, Kokorin has been described as the future of Russian football. Many will not know of the Dynamo Moscow man as he has never played outside Russia. He briefly signed for Anzhi but, following their restructuring, moved back to Dynamo.
One of just three strikers in the Russia squad he could very well lead the side out of Group H and beyond. For a Premier League club to sign him, it could prove worthwhile as he has already built a credible name in his home nation with 10 goals in 22 games. At international level he has scored five in 19, and he could very well add to that number in Brazil.
5) Romelu Lukaku (Belgium):
Yes, Lukaku is already a Chelsea striker but Mourinho seems hell-bent on letting the big Belgian go. In mind it would prove a colossal mistake as Lukaku has already proven he can cut it in the Premier League playing starring roles for West Brom and Everton in the last two seasons.
We all know of his prowess going forward and his strength in holding up the ball and getting it in the back of the net. With Christian Benteke injured this is a chance for Lukaku to show the world his ability. Let’s hope Mourinho in paying attention too.
Steve Neville, Pundit Arena.