While the careers of Ashley Cole, John Terry and Frank Lampard wind down, perhaps it's time for the Blues to bring in a new cohort of homegrown talent.
Nathaniel Clyne | Southampton
Chelsea and other top-flight clubs will rue their failure to snap up the former Crystal Palace starlet before his move to St Mary’s Stadium.
The 21-year-old has been a regular for Southampton in his debut Premier League season, however his new club are currently only a few points above the drop-zone.
Should the Saints be relegated this season, the club’s income will no doubt suffer and they may look to offload one or two of their top earners.
The England Under-21 international is reminiscent of a right-sided Ashley Cole – an agile fullback who can get up and down the touchline contributing in both halves of the pitch.
At such a young age, the Saints man could solidify Chelsea’s right-back position for a number of years. Plus, his asking price could dwindle should the St Mary’s outfit fail to beat the drop.
Aaron Lennon | Tottenham Hotspur
Living in the shadow of Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane, Lennon has quietly grown into one of the Premier League’s most dangerous wingers.
At 25-years-old, now would be the ideal time to sign the Spurs man. The English speedster is on the cusp of entering his peak and will be dashing down touchlines for years to come.
Standing at only 5’5”, Lennon certainly does not offer an intimidating physical presence. However, the combination of his excellent ball control and deadly acceleration would add a fresh attacking threat to a Chelsea side that can only rely on Eden Hazard to run at defences on his own.
The diminutive midfielder has also dramatically improved his delivery in recent years - an area of his game that was so often criticised as a youngster.
Although Andre Villas-Boas may be reluctant to let his jet-heeled winger go, Tottenham could struggle to finance a deal to retain the services of Gareth Bale without cashing in on at least one of their star players.
Nathan Redmond | Birmingham City
Birmingham’s promising young star has caught the eye of a host of Premier League clubs. The pace and creativity of the 19-year-old right-winger has stood out in the Championship and impressed the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Southampton.
The widespread knowledge of Redmond’s superstar potential in combination with Birmingham’s crisis will certainly place the nippy England Under-19 international as one of England’s hottest transfer targets this summer.
As Chelsea’s English old-guard come towards the end of their careers, who would you like to see fill the voids left by Terry, Cole and Lampard? Leave a comment below!
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