For our Chelsea supporters here in the Football Transfer Tavern, the international break came at exactly the right time with many of our Blues fanatics simply sick to the stomach regarding the shock form of their heroes.
Falling from grace dramatically so far this season, Blues fans will be pleased that on Saturday, it is Aston Villa that travel to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea desperately in search of three points to haul themselves back up the Premier League table from a lowly 16th place at present.
Anything less than three points against Tim Sherwood’s subdued Villains will spark the latest batch of crisis talk at Stamford Bridge and in recent days, we’ve seen the tabloids link Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone with the Blues hotseat.
At the start of the season, you couldn’t have even imagined a scenario which would suggest Jose Mourinho’s job would be on the lime but increasingly by the week it seems, football fans are now questioning what if?
An incredibly expectant club, everybody, let alone Chelsea supporters expected the Blues to go on and potentially dominate English football given the canter at which they won the league in such convincing fashion last term but if there are some problems going on behind the scenes, these seem to be transmitting to the pitch on far too regular a basis this term.
As we know, new signings usually appease a club’s supporters in the short-term and one man who is being linked with a Chelsea switch of late is FC Porto’s Ruben Neves who played against the Blues in the Portuguese sides’ victory on gameweek two.
A defensive midfielder who could eventually succeed John Obi Mikel in West London, new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has today been linked with a swoop for the Portugal Under-21 international as well.
With English clubs clamouring for his signature, we’ve devised a list of five players who could well be following Ruben Neves to Chelsea in the January transfer window.
Click on the image below to reveal the five players who could follow Ruben Neves to Chelsea in January.