Chelsea are my team. They’ve given me and every other Blues supporter some incredible moments over the last 12 years. Roman Abramovich has been at the helm of it all. Managers have come and gone, some quicker than others. Some have even come back again. Trophies have arrived on a conveyor-belt of success. But after successive Champions League exits in the last 16 to PSG, the club is at a crossroads.
Personally, I’d like to see Diego Simione take the job but he’s locked very firmly into contract with Atletico Madrid. He is feisty, astute and his teams play in an organised and lethal style.
Antonio Conte has also been mentioned recently, quite strongly too. He did an excellent job at Juventus, building the foundation for Massimilliano Allegri’s successes there at the moment. He didnt just build the foundation though, he won the league three years running with the first league season in 2012 being unbeaten and conceding only 20 goals in 38 matches. He seems the favourite for the job and I think he would be a good fit.
Guus Hiddink could be tempted into stay however, discussions with Conte have gathered pace so unless there is a HUGE snag, I can see us saying farwell to Guus again in May.
There’s only one player to start with here – for all the wrong reasons. Eden Hazard.
In the 2014-15 season, Hazard almost single handedly carried Chelsea to the title. He won games on his own at times. His pace, trickery and ability to make pro’s look like fools were showcased again and again when under Mourinho. This year though, he just didnt seem to be at it. Whether he has already made his mind up or not, his performances this season have been nothing short of disgusting. To be so good for 2 seasons and then so conversely bad – arguably playing a major role in the dismissal of the manager – is astounding. For me, he must go. We will get £60 million for him at least I think.
Captain, Leader, Legend. While I desperately hope he is still around next season, I don’t think he will be. The club are trying to do the right thing in phasing out the older talent, just they’re going about it in a diabolical fashion. After we won the double in 2010, older players Joe Cole and Michael Ballack, who both had plently to offer still, were allowed to leave for nothing! Then Drogba went in 2012 (before coming back in 2014 and leaving again a year later). Fast forward to 2014, Frank Lampard also allowed to leave for nothing. And now Terry. I’m not saying they should be kept for sentimental value but these are players who have provided big moments in our history. Players who the fans connect with because of these moments and their contributions.
Squad Overhaul required?
I’m not sure about how many players need to leave and how many need to come in. I think we need to give more younger players a chance, for sure. But we need the X-Factor players – the likes of Hazard, Drogba and Zola. Certain players do need to be moved on: Oscar, Loic Remy, the aforementioned Hazard. Also allow Falcao and Pato to go back to their parent clubs. John Obi Mikel might have given himself another season after his recent excellent performances (he was unfairly marginalised by Jose).
We have some really exciting young players. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traore and Kenedy are already part of the first team squad. Give them bigger roles going forward.
The club has a ludicrous amount of talent out on loan. Lewis Baker, Charly Musonda, Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Ake, Isiah Brown, Tomas Kalas, Andreas Christensen, Dominic Solanke, Jeremie Boga and Patrick Bamford have all been tipped for big futures and yet they currently just one of many Chelsea are renting out to other clubs. Now not all of them will make the grade. Musonda has been outstanding on loan at Betis, Ake proving himself at Watford. Kalas and Christensen are solid and dependable defenders. Boga and Bamford are exciting forwards. Give these players a place in the first team squad, let them be part of the rebuilding process and they will take it on. GIVE THEM A CHANCE!
Goals for the future
Chelsea’s sole aim for the coming seasons should be to regain the regulary place in the top 4 whilst blooding two or three academy players. It’s happening now under Hiddink but this MUST continue for the club to become one of the super powers. Barcelona have done it and been successful. Manchester United have done it too. Chelsea need to follow suit.