Ruud Gullit has backed Chelsea to make another bid for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric in January, as he feels the Blues are still lacking in creativity.
The Dutchman believes the 26-year-old Croatian is exactly what Andre Villas-Boas' squad is missing, and says he wouldn't be surprised to see his former club move to bring him to Stamford Bridge when the transfer window reopens.
"The player Chelsea still need, for me, is Modric," Gullit said at the Golden Foot awards in Monte Carlo. "They have great players all around the pitch but he has something Chelsea doesn't have at the moment.
"He is creative and dominates the passing game in the midfield – he could be like Xavi or Iniesta are to Barcelona.
"I was surprised Tottenham didn't accept £40m because they are known to sell their best players for good offers. I think Chelsea will try to sign Modric again in January and maybe this time they will get him."
Gullit has been impressed with the way that the Portuguese tactician has acclimatised to the rigours of the Barclays Premier League, and says that Chelsea's positive start to the 2011-12 campaign should bode well for the future.
"I really like the style of football I am seeing from Chelsea under Andre Villas-Boas," he continued. "I know the supporters there want to see quick, attacking football with creativity.
"They will be contenders for the Premier League and the Champions League this season, for sure.
"[But] the new coach probably needs two full seasons before we can start to judge him. The team may have some problems this season but there is no point in appointing a young coach if you're not going to be faithful to him and back his ideas."