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So, JM wants a new striker and is thinking of bringing Crespo back. Largely I suspect due to Drogs and Kalou vanishing to Africa for a month or so in the middle of the season...*

Now, firstly let me say that I don't think bringing Crespo's back is a good idea. I reckon we should just sell Crespo once and for all. Because (as good as he is) the last thing we need is another 30 something striker sitting on the bench.

Secondly, if (and I haven't seen him play, so I don't know) Sahar is half as good as people are claiming, then when Drogba and Kalou are away would seem the perfect time for him to step up to the first team to show what he's capable of.

However, IF we are going to be buying a striker in the summer. And again, let me state that I don't think we need to. Then I think we need to buy a striker who is capable of MAKING THE TEAM BETTER, rather than just someone to cover a month long gap.

And for me there are only two names that could do the job. Both of them come with baggage. But both of them are proven goal scorers, and either one of them would CHALLENGE week in week out for a first team place.

Zlatan (who saw that one coming!)

and Eto

With either of them added to the squad we'd have a strike force feared by defenders both here and in Europe.

Of course, JM (if he's still here!) would have the unenviable job of keeping a lid on their egos, etc, and turning them into true 'team players'. But, if anyone can do that, it's JM. And, while neither Zlatan or Eto is beloved by Chelsea fans at present, I believe either one of them would add significantly to the quality of the team / squad, and help us challenge for honours.

*though by that logic we'll need extra personnel in the midfield too, with the likes of Essien and Mikel vanishing on the same plane as Drogba and Kalou...

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and other than that month when they are away we will have Drogba, Sheva and Eto'o/Zlatan contending for a maximum of two places.

Based on this season one of them goes to Drogba and then it is one from the other two (not forgetting Kalou needing to get playing time) Eto'o and Zlatan will not sit on the bench regularly without moaning like a kid that has just beaten around a course by another kid with a better BMX.

If we are to bring in another striker it has to be someone far more professional than that pair of idiots and therefore Crespo does fit the bill.

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Eto'o might be one of the most talented strikers out there, but personally I wouldn't want him anywhere near the Bridge. Remember when we knocked out Barcelona, how he started screaming immediately after the final whistle that he'd been subject to racial abuse, even though he (apparently) doesn't speak a word of English? Eto'o is well known as a disruptive influence in the dressing room, and is not exactly the most popular with the rest of the squad. That's just one more reason he shouldn't come here, especially with dressing room spirit being a major factor in our recent success.

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Yes, if we want someone with a bigger ego than the whole Chelsea team, let's indeed get Zlatan. icon_lol.gif

Zlatan wants to be the center of attention and it seems that if he's not, the whining starts. He would cost a load of money and there's no guarantee if he would be able to score goals in the Premiership. I just don't think he would be worth the risk. If we wanted a moaning pain in the arse who has proven he can score in the Premiership, we should ask if Anelka wants to join us. icon_lol.gif

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Eto ? Are you joking ? Eto would rather play for Millwall then for Chelsea.

Cant see us signing a big name striker at the moment, because there are two spots in center attack and they go to Sheva and Drogba. If Kalou and Drogba are out we could change to 4-3-3 with Robben and Joe at the wings. Sahar or Sinclair playing would be possible too. No need to sign another big striker.

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If we are to bring in another striker it has to be someone far more professional than that pair of idiots and therefore Crespo does fit the bill.

Only problem there is that last time round Crespo wanted to leave because he didn't like living in London. I can't really see why that should have changed.

Shame, but here you go.

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It was better for Crespo in his second season with us as he didn't have quite so many problems as he did in his first season with us, but it's clear that he and his wife are miserable in London. Last time around, Crespo had the extra motivation for playing well, which was to secure a place in the Argentinian World Cup squad, but he wouldn't have any extra thing to motivate him now. At Inter he is already in a team that can win trophies AND he is living in a city that he enjoys living in. He has made it clear that he wants(desperately) to stay in Italy.

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Eto'o might be one of the most talented strikers out there, but personally I wouldn't want him anywhere near the Bridge. Remember when we knocked out Barcelona, how he started screaming immediately after the final whistle that he'd been subject to racial abuse, even though he (apparently) doesn't speak a word of English?

I don't think he needs a degree in English to understand the meaning of the monkey noises being shouted at him!

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If Sahar is available to play for Chelsea next season, I don't think we really need a new striker or even bring back Crespo. Sure, Drogba and Kalou will go to play in African Cup of Nations, but I think we should be able to cope with it. Sheva should have properly adapted to the English game by then and if we have Robben, Joey Cole, Sweep and Sahar to play with him, I think we should have enough attacking power. Injuries may ofcourse ruin that plan, but injuries might ruin the plan even if we bought a new striker.

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I don't think Sahar or Sinclair (or any of our other young forwards) are quite ready for the first team. If we play a big team we need more experienced and better players.

Should we sign a striker just because we lose Drogs for a month? Not sure.

Sheva is getting better and better and if he can become as good as he was at Milan then I wouldn't mind having him and Kalou up front for a month. We also have Cole, Robben (maybe) and perhaps Sweepy to play with Sheva. Perhaps we can see the old 4-3-3? With Essien gone that would mean one less midfielder and we could play Lampard - Maka - Ballack with Cole - Sheva - Robben up front. Not too bad.

If we sign a new striker then it will have to be a player who won't struggle too much with the brittish football (like Sheva have) and who won't complain as soon as he finds himself on the bench.

I know there's alot of talk about bringing Crespo back but I'm not so sure that's a good idea. Okay, he won't complain about being on the bench from time to time and he's got experience and he should be able to get used to the brittish style of football quite fast.

But we all know that he doesnt want to play in England. We wants to be in Italy and considering how loyal he has been - never complaining and always doing his best - I think we should respect his wish and let him stay in Italy. Maybe even sell him.

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Eto'o might be one of the most talented strikers out there, but personally I wouldn't want him anywhere near the Bridge. Remember when we knocked out Barcelona, how he started screaming immediately after the final whistle that he'd been subject to racial abuse, even though he (apparently) doesn't speak a word of English?

I don't think he needs a degree in English to understand the meaning of the monkey noises being shouted at him!

It wasn't monkey noises he complained about, it was being called a monkey by one of the stewards at Stamford Bridge, a blatant attempt to take advantage of EUFA's increased anti-racism stance. In other words, the little toerag tried to get us thrown out.

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You're quite right, I've never heard anyone called that. Also I stand corrected as to the exact alleged insult, but the point is the same, which is basically that Eto'o is more trouble than he's worth. And that's a whole lot of trouble.

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Goals aren't exactly a commodity we have a surplus of. If Sheva doesn't adapt to the English game, and Drogs is gone.. Its going to be a long month. We are relying on our wingers to score as well, but Robben is made out of glass, Sweepy is horribly inconsistant, Kalou is still raw, and we can't rely only on Joey.

That being said I would rather deal with all those than ever have Eto'o in a Chelsea shirt, its just not worth it. There is another Barca striker I would personally love to see at the Bridge though. icon_wink.gif

Definitely no to Tevez and other big name strikers, especially those who aren't adapted to the English game.

Crespo, though an excellent option, doesn't like London, so that just won't change. A shame.

I would love to see Sinclair or Sahar, but I don't know if they'll be ready, I don't think they will. We'll see however, because maybe some time in the senior team is just what they need.

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A new striker ? Yes. An absolute priority for next season IMO. OK, yes because of the ACN tournament, (seems like they play that every bloody week!). But also because Sheva looks well past his best and is going downhill faster than a horse and cart on roller skates.

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A new striker ? Yes. An absolute priority for next season IMO. OK, yes because of the ACN tournament, (seems like they play that every bloody week!). But also because Sheva looks well past his best and is going downhill faster than a horse and cart on roller skates.

Agreed. A British player who can hold the ball up and put himself about a bit would suit me, just to bring something else to the mix while the others are away.

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A new striker ? Yes. An absolute priority for next season IMO. OK, yes because of the ACN tournament, (seems like they play that every bloody week!). But also because Sheva looks well past his best and is going downhill faster than a horse and cart on roller skates.

Agreed. A British player who can hold the ball up and put himself about a bit would suit me, just to bring something else to the mix while the others are away.

Dean Ashton? Looked the part for the Spammers before his injury.

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I don't see us buying a striker that has just missed an entire season through injury, especially if he is only going to be a rotated squad player. He wouldn't get enough playing time to get match fit and match sharp and so when we did need him to play regularly he would be far from his best.

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Well here are a few names I WOULDN'T like to see join us:

Jermain Defoe - Mini-Michael Owen, in many ways

David Villa - Just too expensive, would end up being another media target, like Sheva

Eto'o - But seriously, after all he's said....

Robinho - ........

Here's a couple I'd like to see play for us next season:

Andrew Johnson - Love the workrate and the pace, not sure about the diving though

Carlos Tevez - He's had his one-season bedding-in period, and what a baptism it was!!! Imagine if he was surrounded by players of more quality and hunger....

Of course, we must not forget:

Scott Sinclair

Ben Sahar

Children are our future, let them lead the way....!!!

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Andrew Johnson - Love the workrate and the pace, not sure about the diving though

Carlos Tevez - He's had his one-season bedding-in period, and what a baptism it was!!! Imagine if he was surrounded by players of more quality and hunger....

Of course, we must not forget:

Scott Sinclair

Ben Sahar

Children are our future, let them lead the way....!!!

Agree that we definitely need at least one more striker, also that Scott Sinclair and Ben Sahar are for the future, and that next season might be a bit too early to throw them in at the deep end.

Last Summer I'd have much rather we signed Andy Johnson than Sheva. Doubt if he'll be available this summer.

Tevez? Maybe. I'm not yet convinced either way.

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I think Eto would score goals for fun in the PL, but he would'nt solve the problem becuase he'd be playing in Africa to right.(or did'nt Camaroon qualify?)

P.S

On the night Barcalona trashed our dressing room and Eto claimed he was called a monkey all the stewerds surrounding the dug out at the time were black/Asian.He played the race card because he was seen spitting in a stewerds face.(a black stewerd by the way)

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A new striker ? Yes. An absolute priority for next season IMO.

And there I was expecting you to call for us to bring back JFH! 247.gif

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