Despite all the insistence from Jose Mourinho that finishing in the top three was an achievement for Chelsea last season, the 2014/15 campaign will be considered a major disappointment if either the Premier League or Champions League trophy doesn’t end up at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho has spent over £60 million so far this summer on two world class talents, in the form of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
Costa in particular represents a major step forward for the Blues, whose problems with strikers last season was well documented.
Costa arrives at Stamford Bridge on the back of a stellar season in Spain which saw him fire 35 goals to fire Atletico Madrid to a shock La Liga title.
His arrival gives Chelsea a completely different edge going forward, and allows Mourinho plenty more options with the vastly talented attacking options he already has at his disposal.
Fernando Torres and Demba Ba are still on the clubs’ books, whilst Andre Schurrle, Willian, Mohamed Salah, Oscar and Eden Hazard will all be competing for positions in the attacking third – and there could yet be more new arrivals to come.
We have taken a look at five striking combinations the Blues can use next season.