Do Chelsea have too many attacking players?
Chelsea opinion: The Blues already had an abundance of forward-thinking players before spending £18m on Andre Schurrle
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich appears desperate to instigate a revolution of play within his club, with the arrivals of Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin, Victor Moses and, most recently, Andre Schurrle in recent years proof of this desire.
Whereas previously under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea were a team built on the power of a certain Didier Drogba and Michael Essien among others, the re-appointed Portuguese coach will have to deliver success in a team which must entertain.
Thus the common 4-2-3-1 formation will be continued at Chelsea, and it is in those three that much of the flair will be provided. But who will be there to apply it?
The one constant appears Eden Hazard, a player in the ilk of Cristiano Ronaldo, who blossomed under Mourinho at Real Madrid - and considering the trouble Chelsea went to beat others to his signature appears immovable with the expectance that he can step his play up a gear in his second English season.
Oscar is another who has a bright future at Chelsea, though whether that will be in the three or as part of a two is not certain. He is seen by many as the heir to Frank Lampard in scoring from midfield, something Lampard has managed to continue from one of those deep-lying roles alongside a more defence-minded midfielder.
Victor Moses and Marko Marin appear to be the least likely to feature as much as they would desire, with Moses struggling to breach the trio that became known as the three amigos of Mata, Oscar and Hazard.
He mainly appeared in the under-appreciated Europa League, while Marin’s appearances were so scarce that he barely had any reason to polish his boots.
However these two players have yet to be moved on, if that is indeed Chelsea’s aim considering the arrival of Schurrle and possible purchase of Hulk, the Brazilian.
A rumour that has caused much uproar is that of Juan Mata’s imminent sale to one of the big two of Spain, which may well be Mourinho’s answer to the selection issue.
Mata, who was involved in 29 goals in Chelsea’s Premier League campaign last season, would fetch a hefty amount of money - something Mourinho would need to strengthen other areas of his squad, such as the striking department.
The Spanish playmaker is less than six-feet tall, which could put him at a disadvantage in the Portuguese’s eyes. However, is there any logic in selling Mata - a player who is yet to reach his prime yet is finally starting to establish himself in the Spain squad, while being a frontrunner for the PFA Player of the Year award?
Financially there is clearly logic, yet in pure footballing reasoning there does not appear any, for Mata is the face of such a football revolution that Abramovich desires and he is the chief orchestrator of the short, fast passing play.
Yet none of this means that the enigmatic and unpredictable Mourinho would not disappoint the Chelsea fans and sell their poster boy.
However, if trimming the squad in this particular area is an aim of the Portuguese, the sale of Mata cannot be a route if Chelsea are to continue to play as Abramovich desires.
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