Good morning Blues and welcome to this brand new feature from CFCnet – ‘Chelsea Fresh’. In this regular feature we will be looking at the latest Chelsea news in general, transfer news, rumours and all things between the matches.
So, with the transfer window crawling to an end, we can all take a deep breath and focus on the football once again….until January that is!
The biggest talk of this summer window was Chelsea’s pursuit of both Paul Pogba and John Stones. With failed bids for both players, where does this now leave us? Well, it’s not the end of the world and Jose Mourinho will still be looking to bring both players in during January, if not next summer. He adamantly see’s John Stones as the real successor to John Terry despite a last minute and rather desperate bid for Paris Saint-Germain centre half Marquinhos.
Mourinho ideally wants a home grown defender to play at the heart of the defence to have a similar affect and passion as the current captain. So Stones will remain the number one target. Everton will remain resilient but the better Stones gets, the more likely he is to push the move, along with his agent.
Having already had one transfer request knocked back by Roberto Martinez, he will certainly be considering handing in another request (by accident again no doubt) with England Manager Roy Hodgson saying he prefers it if his players have Champions League experience. For Stones progression, he will leave Everton.
As for Paul Pogba – it’s clear that it will only be a fee of over £70 million to convince Juventus to sell and their club president seems keen to accept a deal of over that price, but not until next summer. Chelsea will probably be weighing up that offer as we speak as Mourinho was clearly unimpressed by his boards lack of transfer funding.
Meanwhile, the reasoning behind this may well be the new Stadium that is in planning, the designs having been released this week. A very impressive looking new 60,000 stadium in the making. Some supporters are very sceptical about this progress, as many people are claiming this is the reasoning behind Arsenal’s lack of major spending over the recent years and feel Chelsea could now suffer a similar fate.
Well, if it means we have to use academy players as apposed to new players – then count me in!
Which brings me to my next subject – the signing of Papy Djilobodji from Nantes. Yesterday it was confirmed that he has not been included in the Champions League squad due to having reached the limit for ‘non locally trained’ players, which surely means he is solely going to be used as the boot cleaner and tea maker whilst keeping the bench warm? He is certainly not going to be seen as a starter even as a rotation. He might get the odd game in the league cup, IF we manage to get past another Bradford-like side this year!
So why on earth did we sign him? Surely Andreas Christensen or another youngster would have been a better option as backup this season, giving them a few games and starts in the cup along the way which would give them a shot to nail down a starting place? In those circumstances, I’d have even preferred to see Nathanial Chalobah doing that rather than going out on loan again. Having said that, his move to Napoli is excellent for him and his development and I hope he proves his worth. But he could be doing that in the Premier League if given the chances that he has not yet had.
Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely hope that Papy will prove an excellent signing and gets his chances, and of course I’ll be backing him all the way, after all he is a Blue now. The player himself certainly wants to prove himself. Speaking recently he said that he is willing to prove himself to get in as part of Mourinho’s plans and also that this is a dream move for him.
It’s really disappointing though for me to see how we seem to waste our academy talent, under develop them at senior level and then watch them crumble away. We supposedly have one of the best academies in the world, but for what? Why spend all that money on young players coming through if none of them ever break in to the first team, or at least get a chance to break in? It’s really painful to witness.
Finally, to finish up. Apparently John Obi Mikel WOULD have been allowed to leave the club this summer, but only if they managed to sign Pogba. Mikel though, is certainly unhappy and I feel he will request a transfer to leave in January.
That’s it for now Blues, but don’t forget to follow my Twitter here for the latest Chelsea news @cfcneteditor
Simon Phillips – News Editor – CFCnet