So Mourinho is back, we have a young, talented squad and the credentials to dominate England once again. The future is certainly bright for Chelsea. With the upcoming transfer window we have been linked with numerous players. One player who got my attention is Marco Van Ginkel, a 20-Year Old, Dutch, box-to-box midfielder. I watched the Under-21 Euro’s and was very impressed with him, and he would be an excellent acquisition if he puts pen to paper at Chelsea with the way he drives forward and adds stability to the defence.
A fee has been agreed between Chelsea and Leverkusen for Andre Schurle, in my opinion he could turn out to be one of the best signings of the season. I’ve read German reports about his playing style and he seems to be an exciting player who will torment defenders with his quick feet and good balance, similar to Eden Hazard, but not quite. As well as adding quality to our squad he also adds more depth. Although we have the likes of Moses and Marin they aren’t reliable when called upon, whereas Schurle looks like a versatile player who will be fighting Oscar for a place in the starting 11.
It is great to see us to continue to sign midfielders, but the area which I think needs most improvement is our defence. We have been linked with Eliaquim Mangala, who would without doubt be a great signing, but I’m not sure if he could become a first team regular in his first season with us. I would rather us sign an experienced defender who could partner either Luiz or Cahill, someone similar to Mats Hummels or Giorgio Chiellini.
Throughout the season we have been linked with Luke Shaw, who has been dubbed “The new Ashley Cole”. With Ashley Cole clearly becoming gradually worse I think we need another left-back besides Bertrand and Luke Shaw is the perfect fit. If we were to sign him I would play him due to his impressive performances for Southampton in the 2012/2013 season. This would improve him all round as a player and would really boost his world cup chances.
With Mourinho already confirming that Lukaku will stay at Chelsea next season, I think we have an attack that still needs more depth. I think that Demba Ba will be sold this summer and with the money we will need to bring in an equivalent of Hernandez at Man Utd, a player who is good enough to start and who you can also rely on to score a goal as a substitute. If I had the choice I would sign Dzeko from Man City, with the reported £10-£15 Million would be an effective signing.
In conclusion if we sign these players we are going to be in pole position for the title and with the desire Mourinho will bring to the squad it will be a very, very good season for Chelsea FC.
Contribution from Jack Eastman