Why Chelsea should be worried next year

by Mystical Mike

Friday, May 13th, 2011

This summer, for the first time in a long time, Chelsea’s high earning footballers will take a break from the almost frequent and gruelling summer international tournaments. One question will be stuck firmly rooted in their mind during the summer:

Where did we go wrong?

The simple truth of the matter is this that too many players didn’t perform consistently and collectively. Having made a blistering start to the season with five consecutive victories they began to wobble during the end of 2010 and early into the new year before picking their form up when it was too late and Manchester United were virtually home and dry. Even when owner Roman Abramovich spent £73million with the signings of striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool and highly rated Brazilian defender David Luiz the team struggled on. Whereas Luiz made himself an almost cult hero with strong, energetic performances with a few goals added for good measure Torres failed to adapt and for much of his time spent on the pitch he looked a shadow of his former self. In short a good start a poor middle and a decent ending were Chelsea’s issue this season.

So what about next season?

It is almost inevitable that there will be big changes at the club during the summer with Manager Carlo Ancelotti a strong possibility to be replaced and members of past glories such as Drogba, Anelka, Kalou and potentially Michael Essien could all be heading out of the door. One major issue will be the form of Fernando Torres or serious lack of it. It will be up to whoever is in charge to help resurrect the player that terrified defenders across the country with his ability.

The club will also have to contend with the emergence of Liverpool and Manchester City, along with perennial Champions elect Manchester United and under achieving Arsenal, in the transfer market. Whereas before Chelsea could blow teams out of the water with their financial muscle it is now unclear if Abramovich will attempt to compete with the Sheikhs in charge of Manchester City as he vies for Chelsea to become more financially self efficient and self running. Should he be willing to give Chelsea a handsome transfer budget in the summer there won’t be a lack of players willing to ply their trade at Stamford Bridge. Names such as the ultra talented Brazilian youngster Neymar and almost seasonal transfer target Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero have all been branded about, but a name that Chelsea must look to revitalize the team maybe closer to home and already on the payroll. Step forward Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge made way on loan to Bolton Wanderers upon the arrival of Torres in January and has been frighteningly impressive form with 7 goals in ten games and consistent powerful, energetic displays and he surely will be more involved in the Chelsea first team next season.

Next season for will be an interesting one for everyone.

Michael Healey

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  • andy Lawson

    Totally agree, well said and well written.

  • Paula

    Michael you really know you stuff x

  • Sauxboy

    icheal, you truely hit the nail on the head. Mind you we have more than just Surridge, what about Josh and a few others breaking through. Interesting next season coming up. Really though we can only blame ourselves. injuries to Terry and Lamps, Mid sason slump followed by Butch’s sacking!

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    get rid of Torres, 40m, buy a winger with pace, Adam Johnson or Arron Lennon, get Struridge back from Bolton, sell Essien, replace with Tieto and away you go!

  • elliot

    Totally agree!.. Still believe torres was a bad buy for chelsea!.. Why not keep the money annd stick with sturridge!.. Not enough yougsters coming through for them!.. Also with blatter bringing new rules too the game could chelsea get band in the champions leuge going to be a very very interesting yeaar ahead for them! Superb write up micheal

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