After the much anticipated return of “The Special One” to the Stamford Bridge, the expectations to win the title have increased. Let us have a look on what Chelsea needs to focus on to challenge for the title.
Our general formation is 4-2-3-1. The pivot is supposed to be a team engine, hold the ball, make short passes and have an eye for the goal. Let’s take a look at our pivot—Mikel-Lamaprd-Ramires-Romeu-Essien. That has enough depth to hold on for a season plus the flexibility which David Luiz provides can’t be overlooked. Frank Lampard will probably play his last season at Chelsea so I expect that he wouldn’t start every game, also it will be wise just to find his replacement. Oriol Romeu could well be added to the regular squad. There is enough depth at the pivot but not the quality comparing to the big European clubs. The pivot to be looked as a long term, in my opinion, Romeu fits there with Ramires ; Essien-Mikel being the back-up are good.
Coming to the attacking midfield
We’ve Hazard – Mata – Oscar – Moses – Marin – Kakuta – de Bruyne – Josh McEachran. Past season we had Hazard-Mata-Oscar for most of the games. They’ve been the reason for the excellence of our team most of the times. They scored many goals ; Mata had 25 assists which are most in the top leagues. Whenever they’ve struggled or not started together, the team found it hard to score most of the times. But the backup to MaZaCar were Marin-Benayoun-Moses. Moses was inconsistent, Marin was injury struck but when given chances couldn’t prove his worth, while Benayoun never looked to fit in the side. The question here is what should be the ideal back-up? I tried to find an answer—
With Mourinho indicating that he wants Kevin de Bruyne and will give him chance in the pre-season games to prove himself, he’s an ideal substitute to Mata. KDB has been very good for Belgium and at SV Werder Bremen .Even though hes young, but his talent compensates for his age. Now, lets talk about Gael Kakuta – This Frenchman is currently loaned to Vitesse Arnhem. He has certainly improved from the loan move. I think he’s ready for Chelsea. But the issue being is he wants to play regularly. It depends on coach how to use him but he’s an option. He can dribble, flair and has a fierce left foot shot combined with offensive firepower with improved defensive mindset. Its time that he comes back.
Josh McEachran on the other side is another player who is loaned. He had some games at Chelsea in 2010. Now, since his loan, he has improved a lot. With Mourinho trying to make a young squad, Josh fits into it. Even though he hasn’t been a big impact player for his loaned clubs, he’s very good. Jose can turn him into a better player.
Marko Marin on the other hand is very talented. He can dribble the ball really well, can cross it. In my opinion he just couldn’t prove his abilities with us. He’s more than what we all saw with us. He could just feature in 6 games with Chelsea. So he deserves another season and he’ll prove what he is.
Plus the new signings which we will make shall add depth of our midfield. This shall probably solve our problems with the backup to our main midfielders.
Contribution by Tanveer Dosani –> @tanvinho