So the dust settles and fans of every club start to evaluate the options they have got and where their clubs stands after hectic transfer season comes to a close. Some are delighted with their additions while others are complaining for the lack of quality they have to ensure survival in the world’s most watched league.
Chelsea fans expectedly had a very busy summer to follow through starting with the arrival of the “Special One”. As soon as Jose arrived at the club, a whole new world of media speculations and fans’ expectations was enchained. From the craziest rumor that Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way to the Bridge to the departure of Juan Mata to PSG on deadline day, the transfer window held all the drama that we have experienced in yesteryears.
In total, Chelsea spent £65.5 million on eight players, most of them (£30 million) on Willian and Andre Schurrle to follow with £18 million, while Marco Van Ginkel from Vitesse has been other quality addition. However, incomings also include free transfers of Samuel Eto’o and Mark Schwarzer, who add quality and experience to a relatively young side built for the future by Roman Abramovich.
In terms of departures, Chelsea have removed deadwood and the likes of Yossi Benayoun, Florent Malouda and Ross Turnbull have been shown the door, while long serving right back and the first signing of Jose Mourinho, Paulo Ferreira has also retired from the game easy outing some load on considerably large wage bill. Furthermore, loan departures of Oriol Romeu (Valencia), Marko Marin (Sevilla), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Victor Moses (Liverpool), Lucas Piazon and new signing 21 year old Ghanian Christian Atsu (Vitesse) has eased out pressure on the squad, alongside ensuring guaranteed playing time for these youngsters at other places.
Generally, the squad looks settled and contains quality replacements at each position with a midfielder and a striker to spare. By the addition of Mark Schwarzer on one year deal, it is ensured that we have someone to look forward as an adequate replacement for Petr Cech this season and creation of squad space for Thibaut Courtios for next season.
The back four has been unchanged and the inclusion of star loan performer from last season Tomas Kalas has replicated the current strategy of pumping young blood in the squad. The addition of Marco Van Ginkel who seems to have solid technical ability and physical attributes to make big impact in the Premier League in future, is regarded as an ideal replacement for aging Frank Lampard, who turns 35 this season.
The major addition, similar to previous years has been in the attacking midfield area where Willian and Andre Schurrle have not only given options to choose from, but also have fuelled competition for places, which is better for Chelsea.
The striking area has been of much concern to the club and this season as well Chelsea were linked with top 5 forwards in Europe, i.e., Falcao who chose Monaco, Edinson Cavani who joined PSG, while Robert Lewandowski who is Bayern Munich bound and Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have not changed clubs.
The major focus on Wayne Rooney and the decision to forego other targets such as Stefan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo who both joined Manchester City has been one of the lows of this year’s transfer activity. However, the acquisition of Samuel Eto’o on a free from Anzhi can be a secret weapon of Jose Mourinho with whom the Cameroon born forward has won treble in his time at Inter Milan.
All in all, Chelsea has bolstered their squad and added considerable quality with a mix of youth and vigor. Many pundits believe them to be title favorites, since the season has just started, it can be considered that Chelsea are one of the strongest teams this season and challenging for all major trophies should be expected.