A signing that is potentially more important that the signing of a centre forward this year is a midfielder to play in the double pivot alongside Matic. We need a player in the mould of Modric to play alongside Matic. The player will need to be able to drop a soldier and beat a man, similar to the capabilities of Matic. He is not the best dribbler but he can pick off a player when he is dribbling with the ball. He will also need to be able to pick a pass. This is probably the most important factor. Who ever we sign will have to be able to support our attacking midfielders in the attack and breaking down teams. Part of the problem this year was that we lacked quality in this position. Ramires had a terrible season, Lampard is too old and slow, Mikel is too defensive and doesnt use the ball well and Van Ginkel got injured before we could really see what he could do. Part of the reason we struggled to break down teams that parked the bus was because it we only had 3 creative players in the line up. The main problem being that Hazard, Willian and to a lesser extent Oscar all makes runs to support the ball carrier, so that they are avaible for a pass. They do not actually make runs to score goals. This is while i feel Schurrle must play in those games. The pressure on those 3 players to create something was too much. It was too easy for teams to defend against. With no creativity in the centre of the park, everything was forced wide and we could be shut down to easily. if we had a player that was similar to Modric in the pivot role he would be able to show for the ball and add another creative spark that the team badly needs.
If we had a better player in the pivot alongside Matic i think it would result in the centre forward scoring more goals. Having more creative outlets means defenses would be stretched more and would have to come out more to press the ball which would leave more space for the attacking midfielders to work their magic between the lines. It would also mean that we would be able to role the ball into the centre forwards feet and play off him alot more which we hardly did this year.
Considering that we sold mata and replaced him with Salah, I know that the signing of Modric is unrealistic. We would have to sign one of the following, Rakitic, Koke (who i think would be great in the role) or Gundogan. I would prefer Rakitic or Koke as they would also be able to take set pieces and the quality of our set piece deliveries is something that we really need to work on. Liverpool showed everyone just how many goals you can get from a quality set piece delivery. Toni Kross is another player that could be considered but i do not think he is mobile enough to play for Chelsea in Mourinho's game plan.
Obviously we need a new centre forward but unless we get someone to play alongside Matic, i fear that next season will be very similar to this season.