Mourinho again says no striker in January, but leaves the door wide open for a summer buy

Laurence Griffiths

The Chelsea manager clearly wants more from his center forwards, but won't be making a move before the summer

With all the talk about Nemanja Matic today, it's only natural to expect Jose Mourinho to be addressing our center forward situation with the media as opposed to talking about the midfield. When the boss was asked about Fernando Torres and our center forward shopping, and had the following to say in response:

"Fernando is calm. He knows that we are not going to go into the market in January. He knows that in the summer a club like Chelsea is always trying to improve, get new players in, but he knows that we like him, support him, there are no problems with Torres."

I think we all know by this point that Chelsea's strikers aren't scoring many goals. I think the bulk of us also realize that the market for top quality center forwards isn't looking particularly deep.Leaving Torres out of the equation for now, Mourinho seems to be reiterating that we won't be striker shopping in January, while leaving little doubt that it's an area we're planning to address this summer.

Hearing that we'll be looking at more of Torres and Samuel Eto'o this season is certainly easier to take now that we're making a real effort to address our weakness in the midfield. With Romelu Lukaku returning from loan on top of whatever striker we eventually buy, the position could go from our biggest weakness to a real strength in relatively short order. In the meantime though, it would be swell if our current number nine decided to put some balls in the net with regularity.

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