Chelsea’s new boss has today claimed that there was no need for him to try to sign Michael Owen because they already have a good enough strike force.
“Because now we have very good strikers in the team – Drogba, Anelka, Kalou,” said Ancelotti. “Sturridge is a young player but he can potentially be a great striker. Michael Owen is a great striker and at the moment is in a low period, but I think he is not an old player, he is young at 29. For sure Manchester United have lost two important players but United maintain a great team because they have a lot of good players and also have a tradition, and this is also important to build a team.”
Whilst it’s hard to argue with Anelka’s goalscoring record last season, particularly considering he isn’t the club’s penalty taker, it’s hard to imagine he will score 25 goals again, given that he will be turning 31 this season. He also went 13 games without a goal during the crucial February to April period and didn’t manage a goal in the big games.
Salomon Kalou has age on his side, set to turn 24-years-old this summer, however he’s never scored more than 7 goals in a season during his three years at the club.
Didier Drogba turns 32 this season after spending chunks of last season out on the treatment table. Every few months he seems to change his mind on where he wants to be playing and scored just five goals in the league last season.
Only time will tell how good this bit of business by Sir Alex was.
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