With last seasons champions currently sitting 13th in the Premier League, 7 points off the relegation zone, no one would blame Chelsea if they were to be panicking at the present time. With a huge win last Sunday against title contenders Arsenal it seems that Chelsea are starting to turn things round under new boss Guus Hiddink.
Unbeaten in 7, 3 wins and 4 draws. You would probably say things are looking up for the West London Club, so do they really need to go out and spend big bucks on more players or do they have the required ingredients to finish the season as expected?
Today the news that many Chelsea fans feared was confirmed. Versatile midfielder Ramires left the club after 6 years for a reported fee of around £25 million to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning F.C. Many would say that the Brazilian was underutilized during his time at Stamford Bridge, many times being played out wide by Mourinho due to his pace and work rate, even though his favoured position is central. In recent years the 28 year-old mainly featured as a substitute so it is no wonder he has moved on, but he will leave with many medals and memories of his time in West London. Is he a big loss to Chelsea? We shall find out.
A New Striker?
Alexandre Pato is expected to complete his 6-month loan deal in the next few days. The deal will take the 26 year-old to Stamford Bridge from Barzilian side Corinthians until the summer where Chelsea will have the option to make the deal permanent for an unknown fee. With the likes of Diego Costa, Falcao, Loic Remy and the youngster Patrick Bamford at the club it’s hard to see how Pato will fit in.
Scoring 51 goals in 117 games for AC Milan at the age of 22, playing with the likes of Ibrahimovic and David Beckham, making 27 appearances for his country, this boy seemed destined for glory. But a series of injures plagued his career, causing him to move to Brazil in 2013, joining Corinthians. With such a glamorous past it is no wonder that he is a wanted man, having being linked with a return to big time football for a while now he looks to have finally secured his return to the European stage. But could AC Milan’s former golden boy fulfil his huge potential at Chelsea?
It is looking most likely that both Remy and Bamford will be heading out on loan for the rest of the season, with the likes of Newcastle and Leicester keen on the Frenchman, he seems destined to be gone before February.
A host of championship clubs appear to be lining up for the 2014-2015 Player of the Season, but speculation insists that he will leaving the blues whether it be on loan or permanently this January. Reports suggest that if Chelsea were to let Bamford go permanently then a buy-back clause would be a certain part of the deal as he seems destined to succeed in the feature.
Costa’s Return To Form
6 goals in 6 games under new boss Hiddink, the rise of Diego Costa has been applauded by the Dutchman. Scoring the winner over Arsenal on Sunday after controversially getting Per Mertesacker sent off, the Spanish striker has really hit form since the arrival of Guus Hiddink, with his goal on Sunday bringing his tally for the season to 8 goals, now on par with Swansea forward André Ayew. So obviously this man will be staying as Chelsea’s number 1 striker for the foreseeable future.
An ‘Extraordinary Offer’
Newspaper reports this Wednesday that Chelsea could be contemplating a bid for former Arsenal and Manchester United front man Robin Van Persie. Although Fenerbahce have stated that it will take an ‘extraordinary offer’ for the blues to secure the Dutchman. Are these rumours all just paper talk or is this a sign that Chelsea are getting desperate and looking to proven, expensive players to heal their wounds?
I think many would agree with me when I say that it is not the ability of the players that is casuing Chelsea to perform the way they have this season, as they showed last season winning the league with a near identical squad. It is the mentality of the squad that needs sorting out, this has already shown since Hiddink has arrived at Stamford Bridge, he has managed to turn them around and get them winning matches. So what is best for Chelsea, do they continue to spend money on needless talent or should they stick with what is already a proven squad?