Chelsea supporters are reflecting on this weekend’s shock defeat away to Stoke City in the Football Transfer Tavern.
Discussion has turned to which players they think Jose Mourinho should target in January with a widespread consensus that a new striker is required.
However these hopes have been shattered by The Telegraph journalist John Percy who spoke to the Portuguese manager after the 3-2 loss at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Percy explains that Jose Mourinho has ruled out signing a world class striker in January despite admitting that he is losing patience in his goal-shy forwards.
Current front three Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have scored only four league goals between them this season and failed to shine again at Stoke. As our landlord confirms, it’s becoming obvious why the former Real Madrid boss spent so long trying to land Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney in the summer.
The decision to allow Romelu Lukaku to join Everton on loan continually looks like one decision Jose could regret with the lack of goals coming from the strikers.
However despite this, Mourinho has now claimed that he wont need transfer funds in January and instead confirmed he will work with his current squad for the rest of the season. .
“If you tell me [Sergio] Agüero has scored already 10 or 12 goals, [Alvaro] Negredo 10 or 12 goals, [Edin] Dzeko four or five, Rooney eight or 10, [Olivier] Giroud eight or 10, [Daniel] Sturridge eight or 10, [Luis] Suárez 10 or 12, if you ask me would I like my strikers to score eight-10-12 goals, yes,” Mourinho said.
“If we had eight-10-12 goals [from the strikers] we would be top of the league. That’s a reality but my strikers give everything and the team works hard. What can you do more? We work, we keep working. That’s the only way I know is to keep working.
“Of course we want the best possible results, but I am not waiting for players, I am not asking for players. This is a period for the club and this is a period of my team where we have to try and improve the players we have and try to build a future.
“It is my squad. For good and for bad it is my squad. Of course it is not the perfect squad, but it is my squad and I work with them until the last day. To criticise does not help me. What do I win by criticising my players? I win nothing.”
Is Mourinho right to show faith in his misfiring forwards? Let us know your thoughts below.
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