AVB rules out striker move

Chelsea boss happy with options despite expected departure of trio

Andre Villas-Boas: Chelsea boss facing a striker shortage in January

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Chelsea have no plans to sign a new striker in January despite Andre Villas-Boas facing the prospect of losing Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Nicolas Anelka.

The Blues have been linked with moves for a number of players in the winter window, including Chile prospect Eduardo Vargas, Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain and Napoli's Edinson Cavani who is set to face the Blues after they drew the Italians in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Anelka will join Shanghai Shenhua at the turn of the year, while Drogba and Kalou could be unavailable for up to four weeks if Ivory Coast progress to the latter stages of the African Cup of Nations.

That would leave Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku as Villas-Boas' only recognised strikers, and with the former still in the doldrums and the latter very much a raw teenager, Chelsea could end up short of goals during a crucial period of the season.

Diverse

Yet, Villas-Boas shrugged off these concerns when asked if that meant he needed to bolster his forward line next month.

"I don't think so," said the Portuguese, who also pointed out that his side were not overly-reliant on a single goalscorer, unlike some of their title rivals.

"Sometimes teams generate more goalscoring opportunities for certain people. We are within Man City's range as the most attacking team.

"But we created for different players. That's why we have our goal sheet spread out through everybody, from (Frank) Lampard, to Sturridge, to Raul (Meireles), to (Juan) Mata. It's pretty diverse."