Date:Saturday November 10 2012
Falcao, Jovetic, Pato, Remy, Wilfred, Damiao, Martinez - Looking at all this strikers, we have been linked with one of them at a particular time or the other.
Llet me do my own analysis one after the other based on age, form, transfer fee, level of league participating (because they will meet stronger defenders in the EPL)
Falcao - he is strong, uses both feet, good in the air has a great eye for goal, the best striker in the world at the moment, he will work into any team and start, we have experienced him first hand at the UEFA Super Cup and know what he is capable of...but his transfer fee he will cost nothing less than £45m. He is 26 years of age and has scored 10 league goals in 9 appearances
.Pato - this is a fast, young, skillful striker who, he is undoubtedly one of the best strikers of his generation, I will liken him to Van Persie, he will be available for about £20-£25m, due to his injury record, but let's not forget that once he gets over his injury just like how Van Persie was able to get over his own he will cost up to £40-£50m, he is strong in the air and scores with both feet, he plays in the Seria A which is a relatively solid and competitive league He has scored 0 goals in 3 games this season ,he is 22years of age, he plays in the Seria A which is more rough than the EPL
Loic Remy - he is a French international, once a very bright prospect, but has seen chances limited at Marseille now, he is 25 years of age, he isn't a starter, he has scored no goals in 7 games with just 10 shots for Marseille this season, he plays in France, the best striker in France last season isn't prolific at Arsenal at the moment, then do we really need Remy who doesn't even start? He will cost us around £10-15m.
Wilfred Bony - he is 24years old, plays in the Eridivisie, he has a great eye for goal, he is strong and has scored 12 goals in 11 appearances, two of the best in the league Assaidi and Anita are not performing well for Liverpool and Newcastle respectively, .he will cost us around £7m, I doubt the quality of the league is coming from the best striker in Holland last season (Luke de Jong) is struggling in Germany at the moment.
Damiao/B> - he is a young striker, technically gifted, he is age 22, he has great eye for goals, he has fair aerial strength, he has scored 7 goals in 15 games and 48 shots, he will cost us in the region of £20-25m but he isn't yet proven in Europe. Is it worth the risk, he plays in Brazil, a competitive league to an extent, this is more of a gamble, he might just move abroad and hit the ground running or might not live up to expectations.
Jackson Martinez - he is a Columbian hotshot ,he is aged 26, strong in the air, hasa good eye for goals and he is dubbed the next Falcao, he just moved to Porto from Mexico in the summer, he has scored 8 goals in 7 games this season and has a release clause of £35m but he hasn't proven himself enough in Europe.
There is a difference between signing a world class striker for a world class club like Chelsea and signing a relatively, moderately good players for a world class club like Chelsea. The impact of Robin van Persie is different from the impact of Welbeck in a game for Man Utd, it is the impact of a world class, for us to compete for the EPL and Champions League, we need a world class striker in whom I see as Radamel Falcao! Jovetic, Martinez, Pato and Damiao can be good alternatives but Bony and Remy? we all know Torres is better than those two...
Date:Saturday November 10 2012
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