Yesterday’s game showed once again us struggling to break down the opposition’s defence resulting in another disappointing draw. At the start of the season I felt that our attackers were good enough and it was down to the number of chances provided to them.
By mid term I was waiting to see JD play with Van Der Vaart following his injury and then suspension having suffered with Pav and preferring Crouch. Today my thoughts suggest that we need someone who can win the ball in the air and is quicker at reacting on the deck than Crouch so that we can press home some advantage.
During our journey home the discussion inevitably came up once more. Those of you who do Twitter will know that I would like to see Berbatov back though G is not sure that returning to a former club really works. For me he was a super striker and we have certainly missed him. Having spent over £30 million pounds on the man Sir Alex has clearly decided that he is not the man for the big game preferring to go with Rooney and Hernandez instead. Yet he still has lots of goals.
We also discussed Drogba if the end of the road has been reached at Stamford Bridge. Young Mac suggests that his wage demands are too high for Spurs and that Fenerbache are the only side willing to pay his current £120,000 a week.
I’m not so sure. He is 33 and will want to continue at the highest level for as long as possible. Is that in England or Turkey? If Chelsea do show him the door the chance to show Abramhovic his mistake by pushing a local rival into the top 4 may appeal and sometimes this is worth more than money.
There will be a host of strikers across the globe who we will be told also fit the bill but the most important thing is the ability to fit in right away to the pace of the Premier League. If we want to push on we must be challenging for a top three place so being quick out of the blocks will be important. Whilst neither Berbatov or Drogba can guarantee this they do offer the opportunity.
The issue with Drogba is his age. At 33 how many seasons does he have left in him playing week in week out? Therefore he might help us back into the Champions League but would he be around to help us in the competition?
Berbatov is younger at 30 and therefore represents a better option in my book. I believe him to be a better all round player than Crouch, Defoe or Pav and whilst they have got us to the last 8 of the Champions League I think a team with Berba in it would be able to match that.
Price wise he is likely to cost double the money but with that goes maybe five years playing time over two. It may come down to how the existing squad feel about a return. It has been said, by many including Martin Jol, that Berba wanted away a whole season before he went. Many former team mates are still at the club and that might mean some negativity towards his return even if he has learned that he was better off at Spurs in the first place.
With Drogba the only negativity might be from defenders who have suffered at his hands and they would surely welcome that on the opposition defence during games.
These stories may only be paper talk but they are gathering pace particularly on the Berbatov front and we know that Sir Alex would like to add Bale to his left flank. None of us wanted such a deal but we all agreed if we were able to sign either of them our goal tally would improve and that is all important as we look forward.