Jose Mourinho must not overhaul Chelsea squad
Chelsea opinion: The arrival of Mourinho could spark a revolution but he mustn't undo Chelsea's hard work
Jose Mourinho is widely speculated to be heading to Stamford Bridge to take over the reins of Chelsea FC again. This would be a fantastic proposition for all.
It would be interesting to see whether he will be given complete control of his team, which the Blues’ owner is notoriously shy of. But a return would surely enhance their chances of lifting the Premier League title, which has eluded them for some time now.
Yes, Mourinho’s image has been tarnished after his recent turmoil at Madrid with the players and staff of his team as well as others. Widely regarded as one of the best managers of this era, he has successfully alienated supporters of opposite teams as well as his current teams.
But that wouldn’t change the fact that he is much loved at Chelsea and at Inter Milan where he has had immense success.
Customary to a Mourinho reign, one can expect Chelsea to splash the cash this summer to bring in players to bolster the squad that has looked shaky more often than not this season.
The over-reliance on Juan Mata and Eden Hazard was there to be seen for all. Chelsea’s midfield lacks the strength that it boasted during Mourinho’s first stint here.
Mikel is no comparison to the likes of Claude Makelele or the ageing Michael Essien who spent the current season on-loan with him. Marouane Fellaini might well answer the answer to their midfield problem.
The Everton midfielder has been in his best form this season and would be an asset. But with David Moyes heading to Manchester United, it would be interesting to see whether he follows the manager or goes for a new beginning at the Bridge.
However, the rise to prominence of David Luiz in midfield may have shown Mourinho enough to convince him that he deserves his place in the centre of the park.
Luiz moving to midfield would open up a spot in the heart of the defence for the Blues. With John Terry out injured for the most of this season, a new signing in the form of Greece and Schalke teen sensation, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, seems highly likely.
They are also in the market for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw. The fact that he is 17-years old makes him a valuable asset.
But one position that has been giving nightmares to the last couple of managers is that of the centre forward.
Fernando Torres was signed from Liverpool with much fanfare for £50 million but the returns were unsatisfactory to say the least. He has shown glimpses of his old self this season, but that wouldn’t guarantee him a place in Mourinho’s squad, who relies a lot on a big, strong striker.
Edinson Cavani seems to fit the bill perfectly. But with Manchester City also interested in him, the move seems unlikely as Napoli would want Torres in exchange and Roman Abramovich doesn’t seem inclined to see the back of a player that brings in a lot of revenue via shirt sales.
Robert Lewandowski seems to be the hottest property in the footballing world at present. The £25 million rated striker seems to be budget friendly for the Blues. But the fact they will have to fight it out with Champions League finalists (and favourites) Bayern Munich and English champions Manchester United for his signature is a dampener.
This leaves the door open for out of favour Bayern and German star Mario Gomez to find his way into the Chelsea line-up. If Lewandowski does move to Bayern, Gomez would find it difficult to find a place in the team after having already fallen behind top scorer and namesake Mario Mandzukic. If it does happen, Chelsea could snap him up for a cut-price deal, as Bayern would be all but eager to off-load the striker.
With the onset of financial fair play in the Champions League and the Barclays Premier League, Chelsea would have to make certain “smart” signings, which wouldn’t jeopardise its chances in these competitions.
With all their targets falling under the £20-50 million ponds category, Chelsea would have to pick the finest and best suited players for their next campaign. They must also try hard to integrate their wealth of young talent, in the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne into the team and not let them leave for greener pastures.
It would be interesting to see whether they stick with their plan of buying proven talent or whether they would fall back upon their reserves. But one thing is for certain, with the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Chelsea could easily be on its way up.
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