Well, I go away on holiday, come back and we’ve lost our beloved manager, all but got dumped out of Europe and appointed a former Liverpool manager who once said our supporters have no passion. Now I’m not about to go into any of that, I think enough has been said about this and people who follow my Twitter will know my opinions. It certainly dampened my holiday, put it that way.
I will however, always support the club as a whole regardless, I’m Chelsea till I die and I have been for 25 years plus. Sometimes, I wish it went back to how it used to be at Stamford Bridge, I love what Roman has done for us, but sometimes I preferred it when there were no expectations, no jealousy over our club and no hate. Back when football was football and players played for the love of the game.
Anyway, I’m the News Editor, I’m here to give you the transfer news, so I guess I’d better carry on with that!
Firstly, Rafa has confirmed what we all pretty much knew, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard will both be leaving this summer when their contracts run out. Yes there are new contracts on the table from Roman, but with our ‘over-30s policy in place, the contract lengths and fee’s will not be enough for either of them. It will be very sad to lose both these players, who are Chelsea through and through, but at the end of the day Lampard is nearing 35-years of age, we cannot keep them forever. I always knew he wanted to try one last new experience before he retires, I expect a move to the American MLS League. Cole on the other hand will be near impossible to replace immediately with Bertrand being not quite ready yet, the boy is immense and I’d urge Roman to do anything in his powers to keep hold of Cole, who is still only 31-years-old and has so much to offer.
Meanwhile, we still need a striker, a target man who has raw finesse, someone to hold the ball up, bring players in the play and add a finish to the impressive moves. Radamel Falcao is still our main target and I’d be shocked if we do not sign him in January. But there are two less familiar names being mentioned this week and possible targets if we cannot land Falcao.
Fellow Colombian international Jackson Martinez has been linked with a move and he has also said that he was ‘pleased to be linked with Chelsea’. The 25-year-old striker is a typical out an out goal scoring poacher who will provide a good target. He is a goal facing forward who likes to make runs in behind. The type of credentials that we need at the club. I feel he would be a good option. He could be available for around £20 million, but then we all know what Porto are like when it comes to negotiations with our club, which is why I can’t see this happening.
Another poaching striker is Leandro Damiao who is still wanted by Tottenham, but recently Chelsea have stepped up with their interest in the Brazilian striker who has said he would like to link up with international team mates, Ramires, Oscar and David Luiz at Chelsea. Damiao is a more realistic target and should be able to join for around £15 million. A cheaper option that will certainly get you goals. Not as built as a typical target man, but he has the strength and height and is decent in the air. At only 23-years of age, you’d have thought he’d be the better option with our over 30s policy.
Fellow Brazilian Paulinho is also a player who has been mentioned for a few months now, even though recently he has denied any chance of leaving his club Corinthians. This could be purely for the benefit of his supporters and to play down the situation. Chelsea certainly want the midfielder who can play in a defensive role but is equally as good going forward. Definitely an option for defensive minded Benitez as he looks to adjust his new squad.
I’ll finish off by urging you supporters to stay positive, I realise how difficult it is at the moment and we are hurting as a group of supporters. But we have to get behind them all and remember that in the heat of the moment, words can be said, mind games will be played, its a cut throat business in football and players, managers, boards will do anything they can and say whatever they like if they think it will benefit their team (business) in the wake of it. I’m not saying we should all support Benitez, I’m saying we should dig deeper than the obvious and look at the positives in any situation, as there will always be positives just as in life. Negative thoughts, comments etc never helps anyone, its a rough time for us right now, but we all have one thing in common, the manager, the fans, the board, we all want to win trophies, we all want success. I don’t believe that Benitez would come here to sabotage our club as some people have said and I certainly don’t think he’d come here unless he truly believes we can win trophies this season. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not pro-Benitez at all, quite the opposite in fact, I am just a realist and a positive thinker.
Simon Phillips – News Editor – Follow my Twitter here for updates >> @chelseafctbos