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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich certainly have some tough decisions coming his way this summer.

Interim manager Rafa Benitez will depart the club, high profile players could also leave and new players will need to be brought in. 

Abramovich will definitely be facing a tough summer, as his men failed to live up to the expectations that they would be title contenders. 

Not only has the Russian’s managerial roundabout taken its next victim, but it's unsure who will be in charge next term, with Mourinho unlikely to be tempted if Chelsea don't deliver Champions League football at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea currently lie in third position in the Premier League, but they are by no means assured of a top four finish, as Tottenham only trail on goal difference and Arsenal by two points. 

Furthermore, the Blues have been struggling away from the Bridge in recent times as they have struggled to win away from home. 

What is even more worrying is that four of their next six fixtures are away from home, including trips to Anfield and Old Trafford. Therefore, a decline in league position looks inevitable, meaning Abramovich may have to rethink possible managerial options for the 2013-14 Premier League Season.

What is even more worrying for the Chelsea camp is that, even with all the money available to them, the situation involving their strikers looks confusing. 

Although there is much pressure for managers to play Torres on account of his massive price-tag, the evidence from this year would suggest that they should actually be picking Ba or Lukaku, who have had much more successful league campaigns. Then, of course, comes the option of playing two of the three strikers together, assuming that Lukaku is called back from his loan at the end of the season, although Benitez himself has been unwilling to do this. However, with the arrival of a new manager imminent before the end of summer, maybe he will find a way to make Ba, Torres and Lukaku work together.

Yet another issue is the number of players on loan from Chelsea to other clubs. At the moment, ten senior players are out on loan, including over ten youth players. Of course the obvious problems with the loan system still apply, but because of the sheer numbers it could be possible that there is a lack of loyalty to the club in future years, as many youngsters will have spent numerous years away from Stamford Bridge. 

Another issue is the uncertainty of their futures. For some of the younger players, they would usually expect to eventually return to the club and become a starting team player, but at Chelsea, with the small number of home-grown players who make it, they may feel that their futures lie elsewhere.

And so, what is this futility of Chelsea’s loaned out players? What can they possibly expect from their loan spells other than an eventual move away? It also seems that these are just wasted years for young players, where they are not able to build a foundation at a club as they are constantly being shipped around Europe. 

In fact, Josh McEachran has already been sent off to two different clubs on loan, Gael Kakuta to four, and Patrick van Aanholt to five. These wasted years lead to a lack of career consistency and a feeling of alienation towards the rest of the team.

The final question for any Chelsea manager is what to do with the senior players who look to be in the twilights of their respective careers The likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry have all been fantastic servants to the club and have played to the top of their standard this year, so it seems foolish to let them leave easily. 

And yet Chelsea have stuttered over contract talks, and it looks likely that at least one of this English double will be allowed to leave at the end of the year.

All-in-all, despite their huge financial advantages, Chelsea have a stormy summer ahead, and it looks like whoever is manager next season will have to address the striker situation, the loaned out players, and a possibility of having to deal with a lack of senior, experience figures. 

 

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