Reports in The Independent suggest that Nicolas Anelka could be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer. After the £50 million arrival of Fernando Torres in January, it looks as though the 32 year-old Frenchman might no longer be needed at Chelsea.
The striker has only scored 6 goals in the league this season which is even less than his Spanish teammate, surprisingly. This poor goal scoring record and the player’s ever increasing age means he will be the next one to follow Ancelotti out of Chelsea.
No manager has yet been given the role at the Bridge but it is assumed that whoever takes control will build the attack around Torres. Whether he will be used with two up top with a new striker or just with the Spaniard as a lone forward, it seems inevitable that Anelka will no longer play a starting role in the new set up. This leaves the Frenchman with the option of bench warming all season long or finding himself a new club.
The West London club would be more than happy to cash in on the forward as they aim to build a younger side. The challenge for Chelsea is to rejuvenate the side, particularly in an attacking sense and find a strike partner who could add for Torres’s poor form.
Anelka is a very good footballing forward and can bring others in to play but with his age it will not develop into a long term partnership which is something the club are after.
The Frenchman has become quite the journeyman in world football and it seems as though he will have find a new footballing home this summer. Question is: will it be in the Premier League?
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