Chelsea’s three strikers have all had their opportunity under Jose Mourinho but none of them have done enough to guarantee their place in the side next season, according to former Chelsea man Ray Wilkins. Wilkins described Chelsea’s strikers, Fernando Torres, 30, Samuel Eto’o, 33, and Demba Ba, 28, as having had their chance to shine this season, but none of the three having worked out to be the players Mourinho wished for in terms of goal-scoring ability.
Senegalese forward Ba, who has been the player least favoured for Jose Mourinho’s Premier League campaign, has had just two league starts for Chelsea all season and 14 appearances as a substitute. He scored three goals in the whole competition, one against Southampton and two against Tottenham Hotspur.
The player has had more success in the Champions League competition however, with four appearances, three of which have been as a substitute and in all three of which he has scored. It was Ba who scored the winning goal last night in the Champions League quarter final clash at Stamford Bridge, which saw Chelsea knock visitors Paris Saint-Germain out of the competition. Former Chelsea player and caretaker manager Wilkins told FootballDirectNews.com: “I think the three strikers have all had their opportunity, but it’s just not kicked off for Jose in that area. “Demba Ba has had less chance than the other two, his opportunities have arisen by coming off the bench, but by coming off the bench he’s done very well to score when he has. “When you look at the way Mourinho has been utilising his attacking midfield in order to score goals, the forward area is the one he will want to reinforce this summer,” he added.