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  • All we keep hearing from the media and ABUs is that utd don`t have enough strikers to win the premiership - well let`s be honest here none of our main rivals are exactly top heavy with experienced strikers are they. Take liverpool - they have Torres and ???? Well there`s Gerrard but he`s a midfielder not an out and out striker and then there`s Voronin! Chelsea have very little outside of Drogba and Anelka and it will be interesting to see how they cope when Drogba has to go away on international duty in the New Year. As for arsenal, they have some good players but some of them lack experience. Yet its utd - who have 3 experienced strikers and 2 very promising youngsters who get all the media flack.

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    • Well, yes, I was addressing more the context which was the significance for winning the Premiership. If it's simply a count of players called strikers then I'm not very interested in the thread.


    • Robert. You seem to have missed the point of the thread. Lampard, malouda, ballack,etc may score goals, but they aren't strikers. The bloke that started the thread was merely pointing out that united seem to get a lot of stick from the press for their lack of strikers, but in reality they have more experienced premier league strikers than any of the other top four teams

    • "Chelsea have very little outside of Drogba and Anelka".

      I think you're clutching at straws.

      Chelsea didn't have Drogba for most of last season and scored the same number of league goals as United with Ronaldo. Kalou barely registered in the goalscorers. The previous season when the ACN was on Chelsea went on a ten match winning run, and with Lampard and Terry injured. We didn't have Anelka then.

      Apart from Drogba and Anelka we also have the following goalscorers: Lampard (who scores as many as Rooney each season), Malouda, Joe Cole, Ballack, Deco plus the two new players Zhirkov and Sturridge. And then all of our defence manage to score a couple each a year (Alex, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Bosingwa, A Cole). And that's ignoring Essien who scores a couple of screamers a year too.

      You may fear for Chelsea's striking force, but I don't.


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      • Robert, I have been impressed by Chelsea's start to the season. The high tempo, flexible game employed by Ancelotti is dangerous and entertaining. And I agree that your squad is strong. However if either Drogba or Lampard was missing for any length of time it would be a loss as the team is dependant on both these players for its undeniable threat. The same is true of most teams regarding their talismen.

    • When Drogba and Kalou are gone, Chelsea still have Anelka, Sturridge, and Shevchenko. They have the strongest squad in the Premiership whether you look at it overall, or just by forwards, midfielders, etc. You are definitely lightweight in the striking department and are lucky Rooney has hit form finally. Next to Chelsea, City have the most firepower, followed by Arsenal. You are by no means strong up front; only Liverpool is weaker.

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      • Sturridge falls in to the same category as Macheda and Welbeck - a young striker with bags of potential but very little experience. Shevchenko is no longer at chelsea so come the African Cup of Nations that leaves them with Anelka as their only experienced striker.

      • am shevkenko is gone from chelsea,,he moved back 2 dynimo kiev..and i wouldnt bank on sturridge to be as good as drogba..

      • Shevchenko ???, he hasnt been an acting member of chelsea's squad for about 3 years. And can we have a break down of your "arsenal are next" argument, slayer ?.
        Arsenal are the weakest. Any honest gooner would have ether of welbeck or macheda over that useless lump bentdner. none of their strikers have even scored yet.
        liverpool are good as long as el nino keeps at it. once he needs a rest they need the likes of benayoun and gerrard to pile in, and of course they are going to be filling in for alonso.
        bellamy, tevez and adebayour are all being paid enough to sooth their disspraportionate egos should bellamy reach for his golf bag, but you wouldn't realy want any of your own children cheering those 3 on.

      • Good points Vito, but just to say Shevchenko has now moved back to his roots at Dynamo Kiev - although in my opinion, that strengthens rather than weakens Chelsea. The Shevchenko at Stamford Bridge was not the Shevchenko you knew at theSan Siro.