Didier Drogba left, after firing Chelsea to a FA Cup and Champions League double, Fernando Torres couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo, and around 73 strikers were linked with a move to the Bridge.
Skip forward a few months, and Fernando Torres produced a cameo role to fire Spain to European glory, and everyone has suddenly remembered the £18m Belgian we acquired last season.
Romelu Lukaku scored twice, as Chelsea got off to a great start in pre-season, beating the Seattle Sounders 4-2, with new boys Eden Hazard and Marko Marin getting the other goals.
Talk of Hulk, Cavani, Rondon, amongst others are being thrown around the rumour mill, all in deals of at least £25m.
Lukaku only started one league game last season, and has already been offered out on loan to both Fulham, and Werder Bremen, but personally, I believe he is ready to make the step into the first-team soon, at least have more of a role than last campaign.
With Chelsea likely to run a formation next season which involves just the one out-and-out striker, Fernando Torres will obviously be favourite for that role, but with Lukaku, as well as Sturridge behind him, is there any need to splash out a ridiculous sum on another striker?
After being reasonably frustrated with his lack of opportunities, he said recently “I have to really fight for my spot in the starting XI. If you want to help the team you have to do your job and for me that is to score goals”
The 19 year old seems ready for the step-up, and should be carry on scoring like he did in the first friendly, Di Matteo will have to notice him soon enough.
There is a very bright future ahead at Stamford Bridge, and as well as Lukaku, there is the 18 year old Brazilian sensation Lucas Piazon, who scored the only goal in a 1-1 draw with PSG, showing that Chelsea have got their scoring boots well and truly on for years to come.
One of Chelsea old boys Tony Cascarino managed 8 goals in 40 appearances, maybe that strike rate is not what chelsea need but he has proved he has the clinical finish at poker games winning the UK Poker Tour Grand Final. Cascarino played for Ireland and managed to score19 goals in 88 international appearances from 1985-1999. He also had successful years at Aston Villa, Celtic, Chelsea and Olympique de Marseille.
By Brad Smith @BrummieBrad
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