Despite bringing in three frontmen prior to the start of the 2014/15 campaign, Chelsea are promising a second successive summer of striker investment.
Italian journalist Tancredi Palmieri has blown the whistle on the Blues’ meeting with Inter Milan over Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, who has bagged 15 goals this term.
Valued at around £18m, Jose Mourinho’s interest in the 21-year-old suggests the end is nigh for one, if not both, of his ancillary strikers.
Didier Drogba and Loic Remy have been scrapping for a go of the second fiddle when Diego Costa has been unavailable this term.
At 36 and out of contract at the end of the season, the reported Icardi pursuit doesn’t bode well for the former’s Stamford Bridge future, while the livewire French forward is too good to waste his time as a third-choice option.
Drogba’s age means he’ll need to be replaced in the short-term, but if bringing in a blockbuster striker means Remy will have to be bounced as well then the Premier League title favourites should reconsider their strategy.
When afforded minutes on the pitch, the former QPR and Newcastle forward has proved he’s a perfectly capable goal-getter.
In 13 starts for the Super Hoops in 2012/13, he bagged six times, while he was even more productive during his 24-start loan stint on Tyneside the following year.
The St James’ Park faithful savoured 14 goals from the Frenchman’s boot, while he chipped in with a further three assists.
Statistically, the 2013/14 vintage saw Remy confirm himself as the more complete player than Icardi; he averaged 1.2 key passes and 1.1 dribbles every time he took to the field.
This season has seen his Argentinian contemporary register a respectable 13 Serie A strikes so far, but with means of less than one per match in the key passes and dribbles metric, his game appears to consist of one dimension alone – scoring goals.
While this is a crucial metric for strikers to succeed in, it’s fair to assume Icardi’s haul is the by-product of unbridled access to the Inter starting line up.
With Costa the line-leader-in-chief, the youngster would never have these access all areas privileges at Chelsea, as Remy is finding out right now.
Unhindered by his position on the periphery, the Rhone-born forward has bagged three in the two top-flight starts he has been handed so far, including in the Blues’ recent 1-1 draw with Manchester City, proving himself to be the perfect alternative in times of crisis.
The same cannot be said of his potential successor, who is 4/1 to move to Chelsea by the end of the summer transfer window.