In recent seasons Chelsea’s changing room must have resembled a geriatric ward, full of fading stars living on pass glory and players that, to be frank (no pun intended) need to call Dignitas.
Villas-Boas and Abramovich’s wallet have no choice but to go to town this transfer window. The need was heightened this week with the news that the Londoner’s midfield enforcer Michael Essien is ruled out for six months.
Who can fill the blue bison’s boots? Reports in the Italian press suggest Chelsea are sniffing around Lazio’s Cristian Daniel Ledesma who has a£12m buyout clause in his contract. The Italy international is a deep lying midfielder who can pick out a pass as well as capable of scoring the odd spectacular long range goal. Remind you off anyone?
I’m sure Villas Boas is aware that you only get one season at Stamford Bridge, in which you have to win the EPL as well as CL. So if Mr Villas Boas wants to stay long term then he has to rejuvenate the squad, maybe starting with the £12m capture of Ledesma.
Chelsea have had a wonderful decade, no doubt the best the club have ever had, but without a significant turnover in playing staff this summer, this season may see the blues fall short again.
As a club they rely on their established imported stars, however they do possess their own young starlets, Daniel Sturrage proved to be a deadly striker whilst on loan with the trotters. Due to the pressures of their impatient owner and culture of modern football, I doubt they’ will get a chance to shine.