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Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Happy With Current Striking Options

Blues boss not concerned by lack of form upfront.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is happy with his current options upfront for the rest of the season, according to the London Evening Standard.

The Blues have struggled in front of goal in their last couple of games, both of which have ended in defeat, and this has led many of the club’s fans to question Mourinho’s decision to send promising young forward Romelu Lukaku out on loan to Everton for the season.

The Belgian was also loaned out last season, and impressed with 17 Premier League goals for West Brom, while the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba struggled to find regular goal-scoring form for Chelsea, with just 10 league goals between them in 2012/13.

This also led to much speculation over the summer that Torres could leave and be replaced by a new big-name addition upfront, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and later Wayne Rooney said to be Mourinho’s top targets in the transfer market.

However, in the end Chelsea only managed the short-term signing of veteran striker Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala, and the former Barcelona star has looked somewhat off the pace in his first two appearances for the club.

Mourinho insists he is not concerned about his options upfront though, saying: “I’m happy with the strikers for the rest of the season. They’re good professionals, they’re trying their best every match. I can’t complain about any of the three.

“Samuel, maybe, lacks sharpness but this is something that doesn’t surprise me because when you are at a place that doesn’t motivate you for two-and-a-half years, off the main stage, maybe you are there not for the right reasons and you lose the hunger, the appetite.

“Now he has that back, that motivation. He wants to succeed and play and is happy to be at this level. He participated a lot at Everton and against Basle in the collective game. The sharpness and technique to score, maybe we have to wait. But he’s a great player.”


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