Trimming and Revitalising Chelsea

The squad needs to undergo some trimming to ensure Chelsea are back in contention for silevrware
The squad needs to undergo some trimming to ensure Chelsea are back in contention for silverware

Many of us have rambled on throughout the 2012/13 season about the lack of depth in our beloved Chelsea squad – yes, I’ve been one of them. we are well aware of the fact that our squad has problems but one of those problems is arguably down to what we already have, too many players.

Any club who can afford to have 20+ players out on loan definitely has more than enough players and Chelsea are no exception. The club employ a large number of players and in the summer the club need to ensure that the squad is trimmed as finely as Rafa Benitez’s beard – enough there but not too much to overcrowd things. Luckily for us, the summer window should see this happen, with many players set to be shown the exit door more commonly known for shipping managers out of without leaving a blotch on their prestigious CV.

Firstly a look at players whose contracts expire this July.

– Paulo Ferreira
– Henrique Hilario
– Florent Malouda
– Ross Turnbull
– Yossi Benayoun
– Frank Lampard

Now, many of you I’m sure are happy about the impending departures of everyone on that list bar Lampard. None of the other players on that list are really adding anything to the club at this time. Whilst cases can be made for affections towards Paulo Ferreira and Florent Malouda for being key players for us in the past, but you can’t really make a case for them staying at the club when neither contribute to the first team anymore. You can’t keep players – who are on high wages – for purely sentimental reasons. The players were brilliant for us, but their time is up and it’s time to leave.

Frank Lampard is a subject that causes many conflicting opinions, with many believing that he should be kept and others thinking he should leave. Many are pointing to his incredible goal scoring record and his leadership qualities as reasons for him to sign a new deal whilst others argue that there is more to being a good midfielder than just goals, such as assists of which Frank has none in the league. His experience is invaluable and his goals and performances in really big games have been truly world class but I am on the side of thinking it’s time for him to leave.

This isn’t an article about the Lampard situation and the debates that the situation is causing, its about what is best for the squad and I believe that the older high earners need to be ushered out. Andre Villas-Boas lost his job for doing this, and now many are thinking that the Portuguese tactician was right all along.

As well as these players mentioned above, there could well be a few more departures out of the door in the summer.

Jeffery Bruma is reported to be set to move to Hamburg for as little as £1m in the summer and Michael Essien looks set to not return after his loan to Real Madrid. Other players who look well on their way out are Gael Kakuta (especially after his attack on the club recently) and also Sam Hutchinson who has unfortunately not really got his career going after a few horrible injuries in his relatively short career. I doubt that these players departures are going to be a great cost to Chelsea as I doubt Kakuta is good enough for the squad (his career hasn’t really pushed on last 2 years) and Bruma and Hutchinson arguably aren’t good enough to be starting games for us. Essien is the debatable one but I think he’s losing his ability and ask Real Madrid fans how he’s been this season and I doubt they’d give him glittering praise.

The thing is though, we can want all of the players we want – Reus, Lewandowski, Fellaini etc – but the fact of the matter is that room for these players needs to be accomodated. With FFP and other wage regulations, the club can’t afford to have 30 big name players with big money wages. You can’t just add players and then add more players to the squad, players need to leave.

In my last article, I wrote about Marko Marin. I included a poll about what we should do with him and about 80% were keen on keeping him at the club either in the first team or on loan at another Premier League squad. That all seems fair enough but I know many Chelsea fans who want Marin to stay in one way or another but want us to buy players like Isco and Marko Reus. You can’t have them all! If you want players like that at the club, and the board want players like that at the club, then players need to be sold. Isco adds nothing to the squad if he is sat on the bench with the 10 other attacking midfielders we’ve accumulated from around the globe for many millions of pounds.

This is why we need to trim the team. I’m a pessimistic fan, I’ll be the first to admit that. I also see many players as not good enough for Chelsea, the deadwood in the team and I’m sure we all have a list of Chelsea players who we all want to have sold – be sure to comment your list. The squad needs changes, not drastic ones, but a few. We all want a squad where all of the players when seen on the teamsheet make us excited or confident, whilst I realise that this is unlikely, I’d like to feel a little more confident in the squad when we need to rotate players and shuffle the team around. I leave it to you to decide who we need to get rid of, but i think we all realise there are players who are only there for the wages or aren’t good enough for the shirt. Getting rid of these players is key. This is the trimming and revitalising, get rid of the players who are either past it or contribute nothing and add a few replacements who are hungrier and better. Simple, isn’t it?

  1. brynknight says

    I sort of agree with this…there are plenty of players that should be leaving this summer, but they will have to be replaced. I don’t agree at all that a smaller squad will help us to win trophies. I’m also of the opinion that our out-of-contract players should all leave at the end of the season. This is how I would structure the summer if I was in charge…I wish I was 🙁

    1. Lampard out, PJANIC/Gotze in
    2. Essien out, Toure/VIDAL/Wanyama in
    3. Turnbull and Hilario out, Aréola in
    4. Torres out, NEYMAR/Bale/Reus/El Shaarawy in
    5. Ba out, LEWANDOWSKI/Cavani/Benteke in
    6. Bruma out, Marquinhos in
    7. Marin and Benayoun out, Isco in
    8. Ferreira and Hutchinson out, Shaw in
    9. Kakuta and Malouda out, Heung Min Son in
    10. Benitez out, Mourinho in
    11. Gourlay out, Hiddink in

    Squad would be:
    GK Cech, Aréola, Blackman
    RB Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Omeruo
    CB Terry, Cahill, Luiz, Marquinhos
    LB Cole, Bertrand, van Aanholt
    DM Mikel, Romeu, Chalobah
    CM Vidal, Ramires, Pjanic
    AM Oscar, Isco, De Bruyne
    RW Mata, Moses, Kiwomya
    LW Hazard, Neymar, Son
    ST Lewandowski, Lukaku, Feruz

    Loan out Courtois, Kalas, Wallace, Shaw, Ake, McEachran, Piazon. Possibly Chalobah, Marquinhos and Feruz as well.

    1. drogba says

      no es fifa amigo , al chelsea y se alcance para todos , pero no todos vendran

      1. brynknight says

        Conozco que no es FIFA, pero Chelsea tiene tanto dinero para comprar esos jugadores. Habría una gran reducción de salarios, aproximadamente £25m cada año. Costaría más o menos £90m, pero con la reducción de salarios todo estariá de acuerdo 🙂

    2. Vaibhav Kumble says

      So you want to change practically the whole Chelsea team?!!! Good grief!! Thats a joke…

      1. brynknight says

        It isn’t as ridiculous as it looks. I’d let go of all the players that are out of contract. Lampard, Ferreira, Benayoun, Malouda, Turnbull and Hilario just aren’t worth keeping.

        Marin, Bruma and Kakuta have never been given a chance and are unlikely to ever get a chance at Chelsea, so I’d let go of them.

        Essien and Torres are both past their peak and won’t ever get back to their best. It would be wonderful if they could both transform themselves into what they were 6 years ago, but sadly it isn’t happening. They’re on lucrative salaries that honestly aren’t worth paying, so I’d let go of them.

        IMO Demba Ba is the only one that you could argue with (maybe Lampard/Marin as well) but I just think he’s a misfit at Chelsea. £7m was a bargain, but I don’t think he’ll ever get 15-20 goals in a Premier League season. At 27 he’s still got some value left in him, and he’s on £90k/week so I’m happy to let him go for anything over £10m. PSG might be a possibility.

        And then, naturally I would want to replace those players. Not too much of of a joke. Only Vidal, Neymar and Lewandowski would go straight into the first team (Marquinhos, Isco and Pjanic would be very close) so it’s hardly changing the whole team.

    3. Blue blood says

      ni maequinhos,vidal,isco,kiwomya, neymar ni son
      Solo Pjanic y Lewandoski
      Squad would be:
      GK Cech,courtois, Blackman
      RB Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Omeruo
      CB Terry, Cahill, Luiz,
      LB Cole, Bertrand, van Aanholt
      DM Mikel, Romeu, Chalobah
      CM Lampard,McEachran, Ramires, Pjanic
      AM Oscar, De Bruyne
      RW Mata, Moses
      LW Hazard, Marin
      ST Lewandowski, Lukaku, Feruz

      1. brynknight says

        ¿Prefieres Marin, Lampard y McEachran en vez de Vidal y Isco? Y no es posible de tener Cech y Courtois juntos, tiene que ser Cech o Courtois. Por eso tenemos que comprar un portero.

  2. Vaibhav Kumble says

    I would let go of all the players you said except Lampard… I would keep lamps and use him as a super sub and also as a mentor to our future players.. same goes with Terry… I would like to make Courtis no.1 but Cech is good as well.. so m not too sure about that one. … but I will definitely not buy a goalkeeper. . We already have 7 defenders and a few on loan.. so no buying anyone in defence as well. Maybe just get one back… and then get the second back next season as Terry retires. Midfield!! How in the world we have so many midfielders I do not understand. .. anyways… I would get back KDB ( that guy is a sure shot starter in my team) .. get back Josh Mc.. and Lukaku… and let Marin go out on loan as o think he can have a gr8 future.. the only one I really want in our team is Isco.. that guy is something special..
    So then my team would be
    Courtis Cech Blackman
    Azpi Iva Terry Cahill Luiz Cole Bertrand Bruma
    KDB, ,Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Lamps, Josh Mc, Mikel, Ramires, Romeu,Isco
    Moses ( I know he plays on the wings but I consider him a striker), Ba, Lukaku, Torres ( yes I still believe that guy is one of the bedt around)

    NOW I know you would say thar the MF is crowded.. But if you want ur team to compete on all fronts like the league, UCL, FA, Cap One, Super cup, club world cup, then u need more mfs cause they run the most in the games..
    AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT I SONT F*ING CARE ABOUT THE PIVOT FORMATION.. use your players and make a system that fits them.. So to conclude the most obv system is our beloved 4-3-3 or a 4-1-3-2 or a 4-1-3-1-1… Screw this 4-2-3-1 formation..

  3. Anonymous says

    I think it!s obvious to anyone that the players who’s contracts run out have to go, although I’m undecided on the Lamps debate. So besides them I’d start with Bruma, Kakuta, Hutchson, Bertrand, Essien, Torres and maybe Mikel who simply can’t pass the ball, I think between Josh, Romeu and Ake we have more than capable replacements. Now who to bring in, I don’t think we need Isco we already have plenty of no 10s its ridiculous, unless we move Moses to the CF position, do we need Felaini, not in my opinion, I already mentioned the likes of Josh for that position. What we need is perhaps two lethal strikers, question is who? Lets throw names about, Falcoa, Cavani, Lewandoski, Gomez and Suarez these are top class finishers no doubt but they are expensive and most of them are almost passed their peak so how do we solve our striking problem? Get Llorente, Guissepe Rossi or that boy from Porto although Manure are also looking at him but those are good but cheap options, we already have Lukaku and Ba, I think Rossi would be an almost perfect fit for our system and promote Feruz he desrves it and Piazon. So we would end up with Lukaku, Rossi, Ba, Feruz and Piazon. I trust these players to take us forward they develop while playing for us and I would love nothing more with our midfield I think Feruz, piazon even Lukaku would relish playing for us, all it would take is one goal to give them confidence that they can do it on the ultimate stage I belive from there they will only get better. In defence I’m desparate to see Luke Shaw arrive.

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