After sixteen games of the previous Premier League campaign, Chelsea had already found the onion bag on 36 occasions. However, as all Blues fans know, goals have been far harder to come by this season and with just 18 being converted, it leaves the Stamford Bridge club precariously above the relegation zone.
With the gamble of taking Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco going awry, it seems highly likely that Roman Abramovich will get the cheque book out for the winter transfer window that begins in January, and here we will look at five players who potentially could be wearing Chelsea blue early on in 2016.
Leicester City hot-shot Jamie Vardy is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the Premier League Top Goalscorer this season, and he could well be under serious consideration from the Stamford Bridge hierarchy with view to a potential move in January. 28 year-old Vardy has hit 15 league goals already for the Foxes this season – including the opener in the recent 2-1 win over the Blues – and broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 straight games, by netting number eleven against Manchester United back in November. Another plus is that Vardy would not be cup-tied for when the Champions League returns in February, and the pacey, direct running striker would offer a different attacking option to the current forwards in Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Argentinian forward, Jonathan Calleri might not be at the top of every Chelsea fan’s striker wish list, but the Boca Juniors man has fired the goals to help give his team their 24th PrimeraDivisión title. Calleri22, hit 15 goals in all competitions for the Buenos Aires based club in their recently ended campaign. Likened in style and stature to fellow team mate, Carlos Tevez,Calleri would also be eligible for immediate European action, and although he would be deemed as a surprise signing at Stamford Bridge, his recent club performances suggest that the promising forward could make the step-up.
Shakhtar Donetsk’s attacker Alex Teixeira has been heavily linked with a move to West London in recent months, and a bid for the talented Brazilian could be on the cards in the New Year. After 15 games of the – admittedly weak – Ukrainian League, Teixeira has already hit 22 goals this season. An indication of his ability was seen in the entertaining 4-3 defeat against Real Madrid recently, with the 25 year-old netting two. Shakhtar have recently sold some of their high-profile Brazilian stars, with Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano leaving for Bayern Munich and AC Milan in the summer, so perhaps Teixeira could reunite with former team-mate Willian at Stamford Bridge.
One player who always commands column inches around transfer window time is West Bromwich Albion striker, SaidoBerahino. After seeing a prospective transfer to Tottenham dissolve in the summer, Berahino has returned to the Albion side, but has not fired with consistent regularity compared with last seasons’ efforts. It is likely that WBA will part with Berahino at some point considering his questionable temperament, but he is not likely to come cheap. The question is for Mourinho and Chelsea is, will they offer a way out of the Midlands for the 22 year-old in January to help improve their league position?
Forgotten Brazilian striker, Alexandre Pato is another possible option to consider for Mourinho as the Sao Paulo man could try and reignite his career in Europe. As a teenager, Pato was one of the most coveted players in world football, but injuries and form loss played a part of his decline. Still just 26, Pato has scored 18 goals in all competitions for his current employers in 2015, and perhaps another crack at a top league would appeal to the talented forward.