I want more firepower! new striker ready for January, Mourinho demands
Jose Mourinho is demanding Chelsea begin work immediately on signing a new striker in January after being angered by their failure in the summer window.
Mourinho was left stunned on deadline day when he was not given any realistic options to buy a new centre-forward — forcing Demba Ba’s proposed move to Arsenal to be called off late on.
The Chelsea manager does not believe the trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Ba are strong enough to mount a challenge for the Premier League title and Champions League.The manager clearly does not have faith in Belgium star Romelu Lukaku, who went on loan to Everton.
Not happy: Jose Mourinho is angered at Chelsea's perceived transfer failure over the summer
Elsewhere: The Blues missed out on Edinson Cavani (above left) and Radamel Falcao (below)
And he is angry that the club’s vast network of scouts and analysts failed to come up with any late alternatives, once it became clear that Manchester United were refusing to let Wayne Rooney leave.
Chelsea ended up signing Willian, Marco van Ginkel and Andre Schurrle to their already-crowded midfield roster but failed to sign top-line forwards Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao or Rooney.
Borussia Dortmund’s Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is out of contract at the end of the season and would be an option if the German club are eliminated early from the Champions League.
Out of contract: Robert Lewandowski is set to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season
Meanwhile, former manager Ruud Gullit has warned Mourinho he is ‘starting a war’ with his treatment of fan favourites Juan Mata and David Luiz.
Mourinho dropped them both against Fulham and Gullit warned: ‘He is already at war with players who have played really well for the club.’