A New Central Midfielder: Necessity or Luxury?
One of the most common criticisms of Chelsea last season was an apparent lack of creativity in midfield. One could argue that there was some truth in this allegation, as the Chelsea midfield didn’t always control the game as was expected of them. More often than not, the midfield appeared extremely slow, & the need for a creative spark in the middle of the park was apparent.The transfer window officially opened today, & our 2 latest recruits (Marko Marin & Eden Hazard) have officially become Chelsea players. Of course, neither of them is a central midfield player. But then again, do we really need a new CM?
With Roberto Di Matteo changing the formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1, the no. of CM’s required came down from 3 to 2. Currently, the players who can operate in that position are Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Oriol Romeu, Michael Essien, Raul Meireles, Ramires, Josh McEachran, Yossi Benayoun & Kevin De Bruyne. I expect Essien, Meireles & maybe even Benayoun to leave the club this season. Even if all 3 of them leave, RDM would still have 6 players to call upon in order to fill the 2 vacancies in the middle of the park.
I don’t think Josh McEachran or Kevin De Bruyne are ready for regular first-team football at Chelsea, so I expect both of them to be loaned out. Even if everything that I’ve mentioned above happens, there are still 4 players to call upon for 2 positions, which is the ideal squad depth (2 players for 1 position). I fail to see the actual need for Luka Modric, Joao Moutinho or even Marouane Fellaini. Signing any of them would be considered a luxury buy, nothing more. Last I checked we weren’t Manchester City, so there’s no need to buy every player in sight.
Of course, one could argue that Frank Lampard is aging, & we will need someone to replace him when he’s gone. The way I see it, by the time Super Frank is ready to retire, I expect both Josh McEachran & Kevin De Bruyne to be ready to battle it out for that vacant spot in midfield. But we will need to buy a new CM if Lampard leaves the club (rumors have been circulating that MLS club LA Galaxy are interested in luring him to the US) but if we sell only those players who need to be sold, I see no need for signing a new CM, & certainly not for as high a price as £40 million.