While big name players and big money moves might excite the fans, there are actually real issues that need to be addressed within the Chelsea ranks. Here are three things that Chelsea need to focus on in order to improve.
1. Finding stability
Stability is something Chelsea have really lacked in recent years. They have had eight different managers in six years, with many being interims after a sacking mid season.
This is never good for any club as it doesn't allow a manager time to build their squad, introduce their tactics and style of play or gain the respect of fans or players.
Many managers have done excellently in this period including Roberto Di Matteo who won the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League despite being in charge for only a portion of the season.
Avram Grant and Gus Hiddink were another two managers who performed outstandingly but were still let go by Roman Abramovich.
It is important that Chelsea find a manager and give him control over the players he buys, the team he selects and the style of football he wishes to play. With Rafa Benitez almost certainly on his way out come May, Chelsea need to secure a permanent manager.
Most Chelsea fans hope Jose Mourinho will return and this is a real possibility. This would be a great move for the club and could result in a longer stay for the manager this time around.
2. Bringing youth through
Chelsea have a bunch of talented youth players but they are not utilised correctly at Stamford Bridge. They send many of their players out on loan and despite impressive performances they usually let them go for small fees and they subsequently turn into great players.
A good example of this is Scott Sinclair; a player with real talent who was at Chelsea for five years yet was allowed to be sold for just £500,000 to Swansea where he developed into an accomplished Premier League attacking midfielder.
Chelsea have a wealth of options for youth footballers but they must handle them better. There are options in every position with promising keeper Thibaut Courtois on loan at Atletico Madrid, excellent defenders Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Ake and Todd Kane as well as midfielders such as Kevin De Bruyne, Lucas Piazon, and Josh McEachran.
Strikers include the Belgium beast touted as Didier Drogba's possible successor, Romelu Lukaku. He is an important player as he has had a fantastic season with West Brom.
He is keen to continue with first team football and if a signing of a big striker is made such as Falcao or Edison Cavani it is likely Lukaku will get frustrated with the lack of playing time.
These players must be brought through and into the first team and given experience so they can compete at a high level of football. Signing lots of big name players will only mean that the youth doesn’t get a chance.
3. Shrewd signings
Signings are important for any team to compete and while I do not believe Chelsea need to make huge name signings, they could make some important coups. The first would be signing Frank Lampard on a new contract.
He has been a loyal servant to the club, a brilliant goal scorer and creative box-to-box midfield for Chelsea.
The fans are desperate to see him stay and Chelsea would lack an added dimension without him. While he is getting older his knowledge and passion for the game has not diminished and he must be kept.
Many Chelsea fans have highlighted the need for a defensive midfielder. However, if David Luiz could make the transition to centre defensive midfield permanently it could save the club the trouble of buying a new player.
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