Chelsea's loss against Stoke City on Saturday was an earmark of our 2015-16 season: a good, at times even dominating performance in the first half in which the team failed to profit, followed by a sub-par second half which saw the team crumble due to individual mistakes, bad decisions, and, of course, bad luck. We may not have any influence over luck, but the other two factors are certainly well within our control.
The individual errors we've been making are more visible and probably more impactful on the defensive end of things, but at the same time, we cannot ignore our foibles and inefficiencies up front. For example, Chelsea have only scored 7 goals from open play in the Premier League in 12 games, which is unsurprising given our lack of (accurate) shots and often uninspired play in the final third, in general.
In attempts to fix that problem, the Blues might be looking to add new pieces to our attack, and apparently are setting sights on former Manchester United player Javier Hernández, at least according to the Mirror.
While the report's source is wrong more often than not, there would be nothing wrong in Chelsea getting Chicharito from his current club Bayer Leverkusen. Other than the tiny detail of Hernandez arriving not 6 months ago at the German side. After leaving Manchester United on a reported £7.3 million transfer, the Mexican striker has made an instant impact in his new team, scoring 10 goals in just 13 games. The Mirror claims it would take £8.5 million for Chelsea to take Hernández back to the Premier League in the January transfer window.
At the moment, Chelsea's striking unit doesn't inspire much confidence, with Diego Costa (3 goals), Loïc Rémy (2) and Radamel Falcao (1) combining for 6 goals over Premier League, League Cup and Champions League matches. While Chicharito wouldn't completely solve our problems in attack, which go beyond dropping conversion rates, his poaching style of play, his movement, ability to find space, and to make the right runs (a bit like Costa at the start of last season) might be quite useful.
And if Chicharito isn't available, which he probably isn't, maybe somebody else like him?