Summer Transfer Window-Chelsea

Posted: May 14, 2011 in Indian Football

This week we will be analysing Roman Abrahimovich’s Chelsea. The pensioners have come under great scrutiny this season following a disastrous campaign that saw them falling behind arch rivals Manchester united and Arsenal in the league and being knocked out of Europe and the FA cup.

Torres

Record Signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool for £50 million posed more problems for Chelsea than it has solved and Carlo Ancelloti is the bookies favourite to face the sack in the summer but is it right to put all the blame over Ancelloti’s shoulders? Ancelloti was the mastermind behind Chelsea’s double last season, an incredible feat to achieve considering the level of competition that exists in the premier league. Then how can he loose his managerial abilities in a year? The reason for Chelsea’s poor performance this season is down to the fact that Ancelloti does not have full control over Chelsea’s transfer activities. How can a manager succeed if he is not allowed to build the squad the way he wants to? On top of that an unrealistic level of expectation of winning the treble with a squad that is ageing and needs heavy reinforcement.

Despite their revival in the last weeks of the season, their failure to sustain their winning form consistently highlighted the need for change in the squad. The lack of stability in club management recently has also affected player performances. I feel if Ancelloti is given time and freedom, he is the best man to lead Chelsea to the holy grail of champions league trophy.
Chelsea still has one of the best squad in the league but most of the players are entering their twilight and the club needs to plan for the future. Fernando Torres has come under enormous criticism but I strongly believe it’s only a matter of time before he rediscovers his lethal goal scoring form just like Wayne Rooney has done recently for man utd. David Luiz will add steel and skill to an already solid defence marshalled by John Terry. What Chelsea lack is a pacy natural right winger and a quality right full back. Here are some of the players we think Chelsea should sign in the summer –

WINGER

Chelsea’s lack of width at times has been a major reason in their failure to pick up points during mid-season.

JESUS NAVAS
AGE- 25
ESTIMATED COST- £15-20 MILLION

Jesus Navas

The skillful winger is an integral part of Sevilla and has consistently been one of the best wingers in the La Liga. He can play on both wings and his trickery and direct style dribbling  will make him a hit in the Premier League. The only thing which could scupper the deal is his homesickness problem which stalled his transfer to Chelsea in 2006.

RENATO AUGUSTO
AGE- 23
ESTIMATED COST- £18-20 MILLION
Renato Augusto has been in scintillating form for Bayern Leverkusen and a move to a big club in future is inevitable. Primarily a winger but he can also play behind the striker.

AARON LENNON
AGE-24
ESTIMATED COST- £20 MILLION
Aaron lennon will be a very good signing for Chelsea. Lennon has the ability to terrorize any defence on his day with his pace and directness. He will add a new dimension to Chelsea’s attack which is often criticised for lack of pace.

FULL BACK

Chelsea’s full backs barring the mercurial Ashley Cole have been woeful at times and the imbalance between the two wings is apparent. Replacing Bosingwa is a priority.

Davide Santon

DAVIDE SANTON
AGE-20
ESTIMATED COST- £ 15-17 MILLION
A young and talented right back playing at Cesena (On Loan from Inter) who is very good going forward and is solid in defending. Can also play as a left back therefore providing cover for Ashley cole. He was a revelation under Mourinho at Inter but has since fallen off the radar ever since his departure.

DARIJO SRNA
AGE- 28
ESTIMATED COST- £15-20 MILLION
The experienced right back is one of the best attacking wingbacks in Europe. A dead ball specialist with amazing crossing ability, someone who can provide ideal ammunition for Torres and Drogba.

MARTIN KELLY
AGE-20
ESTIMATED COST- £8-10 MILLION

Kelly

A product of Liverpool’s youth academy, Kelly is one of the major upcoming talents of England. Very solid defensively and equally dangerous going forward with his energetic overlaps.

Lukaku

Chelsea also need to sign long term replacements for Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. Romelu Lukaku will be an ideal long term replacement for Drogba while Christian Eriksen of Ajax has been earning rave reviews and a move to a bigger league is on the cards.

We also have a list of potential managerial candidates if Ancelloti is sacked in the summer :

FRANK RIJKAARD

The former Barcelona manager is undoubtedly one of the best managers in the world. Rijkaard knows what it takes to win the Champions League which should make him an ideal candidate for the Chelsea hot seat.

JURGEN KLOPP

Jurgen Klopp and his Borrusia Dortmund have taken the Bundesliga by storm this season and won the title with games to spare. Considering the resources at his disposal, Klopp has done a fantastic job and deserves all the plaudits coming his way. Definitely on his way to a big club.

GUUS HIDDINK

Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink is a master of man management and knows how to handle pressure well. Tactically sound and also familiar with Chelsea, he is an ideal candidate for the post. The only problem is that he is not too keen to manage a club at the age of 66.
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Comments
  1. Neil says:

    As a Liverpool fan, I don’t want Kelly to leave 😛
    But I believe that ever since Ray Wilkins left, Chelsea’s performance has been lacklustre. I would’ve kept Ancelotti for another season. Abrohomovich should understand that stability is the key!

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