As this 2016-2017 campaign continues on, there are several changes that need to be made in preparation for the January Transfer Window. While incoming players tend to be more exciting and garner more interest, it’s often the outgoing players that are the most notable. CFCnet has taken a look at 3 Chelsea players that should be moved on in the January Transfer Window.
There comes a time in every player’s career, where their best just isn’t good enough anymore, especially at a top club in the Premier League. This time has come for Branislav Ivanovic. The Serbian is a player whose fall from grace was almost spectacular.
The Serbian was voted to the Team of the Season during Chelsea’s successful title-winning campaign. He had played a major role in the Blues’ triumph.
However, it would be a tale of two seasons for the right back, as he failed to live up to the standards that he set for himself, or that we would come to expect for a Premier League right back.
Despite all his shortcomings last season, Jose Mourinho/Guus Hiddink failed to bench the Serbian, opting for his experience over an inexperienced Baba Rahman that would play in the reshuffling of the squad.
However, this season, Antonio Conte has been much less shy in this manner, realizing that Ivanovic was at fault for a lot of Chelsea’s mistakes. With the implementation of the three central defenders, he has phased out Ivanovic, utilizing Azpilicueta as a central defender instead of the Serbian.
The Spaniard has done a brilliant job, with Marcos Alonso, and Victor Moses who are also newcomers to the defense.
With the backline set and the expected return of Kurt Zouma soon and Andreas Christensen next season, coupled with the emergence of Ole Aina as a viable option, Ivanovic’s days at Stamford Bridge are numbered.
It is time for the Serbian to play for a club where his pace will not write him off from the start.
Chelsea should cash in on the Serbian, perhaps making a few extra pounds and getting him off the payroll.
John Obi Mikel
The fact that the Nigerian midfielder remains a Chelsea player, window after window, is one of the most mind-boggling phenomenons at the football club.
Mikel, now 29 years of age, is edging on becoming irrelevant at the club, failing to make one appearance all season.
The question is, does he remain more valuable as an emergency option in the midfield, or as a price tag that he may still hold in the transfer window. There are several teams that would chase Obi Mikel’s signature, and would pay a few million in the inflated transfer market to get him.
Perhaps even a move to the MLS could be on the cards, given his recent quotes, “There was absolutely no doubt that Frank wouldn’t go out there and succeed,” Nigeria international Mikel, told Goal. “I am happy that he is back to his best, doing what he loves to do and, one day, who knows, I may go over there and play with him, or play against him.”
Either way, Mikel’s continued presence in the Chelsea team makes no sense. If he remains an option for Conte to select, he is blocking the potential path of a young midfielder (i.e. Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek).
Mikel has won everything in the game that he can with Chelsea, it’s time for him to move on to a team where he can be more involved and less of a burden.
This one is really a no brainer. He clearly doesn’t have a place in the Chelsea squad any longer, given his season long loan to Crystal Palace.
This is fairly justified in his performance history in West London, failing to really make an impact.
The problem with the Frenchman is how often he is injured. When he is healthy, he spends too much of his time offsides, a problem exacerbated in his start against Arsenal in last year’s Community Shield matchup.
It would be far more productive for both the Blues and Remy to move on, where Remy can seek one last payday and the ability to make an impact, where Chelsea can recover some sort of fee for the Frenchman.
Moving Remy on from Stamford Bridge would simply represent good business. No more, no less.
Overall, Conte has done a pretty decent job of pairing down the squad. Perhaps when other players are purchased, we may revisit other players being allowed to leave. However, most of the remaining squad players have a role to play, at least for now.