Following their Premier League title triumph of last season, if you had said to any Blues supporter in the midst of their celebrations that after nine games of the new campaign that they’d be down in eleventh place, they’d have thought something was wrong with you!
But that is where Jose Mourinho’s side currently find themselves although they were back to winning ways, claiming only their third victory of the new season against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
One of the key talking points around the fixture was the benching of Eden Hazard, not to mention Nemanja Matic who was replaced by up-and-coming talent Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the starting eleven.
Branislav Ivanovic also missed the fixture through injury with Cesar Azpilicueta reverting to right back and Baba Rahman coming in at left back, although Chelsea supporters will probably tell you this was a positive following a downright awful campaign from the Serbian so far.
After the fixture, Jose Mourinho maintained that the club will take each game at a time without thinking about the title race just yet and with the Blues still in the bottom half at present, this has to be the way to go.
But with January only three months away, we’ve seen the Blues linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore and Sevilla’s Yevhen Konoplyanka in recent days and if arrivals such as this are to come in, perhaps some members of the current squad will need to be exiting in the other direction.
That’s why we’ve devised a five-man list of the Chelsea players Mourinho needs to axe at Stamford Bridge in January.
Click on the image below to reveal the five players Jose Mourinho needs to axe at Chelsea in January.