Chelsea’s signing of Dutch Under-21 international Marco van Ginkel is further proof that the club supports Jose Mourinho’s ‘two year’ title plan.
The Dutch young Player of the Year joined the club last week from Eredivesie side Vitesse Arnhem, penning a five-year deal with the Blues for a reported fee of nine million pounds.
Yet the the signing of the promising midfielder has greater implications for Chelsea’s overall transfer policy, with Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani seemingly edging closer towards a move to French outfit Paris Saint Germain.
Along with the signing of German ‘wonder kid’ André Schürrle, Chelsea have shown a distinct move towards promoting young talent, backing up Mourinho’s claim that the Stamford Bridge outfit can win the Premier League in the 2014-15 season.
In his official unveiling last month Mourinho said of Chelsea’s title chances: “We don’t do it (win the Premier League next season), but (if we) show an evolution in the season, show we are moving in the right direction, (then) I think we will be champions in the second season," stated Mourinho.
“It has to be analysed in the proper way, part of a process of formation, that 75 per cent of the guys will be better next season.
“When you have this profile, you can’t think the best will come next year. It has to come in two, three, four, five, six years’ time.”
Despite these claims, many still believe that Chelsea lack a game-changing striker.So their push towards young talent over the likes of Cavani highlights their insistence to think ahead to the future with a long-term vision.
The likes of Schürrle, Kevin de Bruyne and new signing Marco van Ginkel all have supreme talent but will no doubt need time to adapt to Premier League life.
On top of this Chelsea have also confirmed that Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku will remain at the club this season, after scoring 17 goals in a successful loan spell with West Bromwich Albion last year.
The striker, dubbed as ‘the next Didier Drogba’, spectacularly broke Michael Owen’s goal-scoring record for a teenager; however at the tender age of 20 the front-man's best is surely yet to come.
Two of Chelsea’s best players, Eden Hazard (22) and Juan Mata (25), were nominated for Premier League Player of the Year last season and many have touted Brazilian midfielder Oscar (21) as a key player following a strong performance in this summer’s Confederations Cup.
Despite this policy of a ‘two year plan', the Blues have still been touted as a front-runner title success this season by both pundits and bookies alike.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher recently told Sky Sports why he believes Chelsea will be right up challenging for the title this season.
“If I had to pick one side to win the league I would pick Chelsea. I just think they are a very good team," commented Carragher.
“I think they've got two of the top players in the league, I'm sure they'll spend money as they always do and they've got the Mourinho factor as well."
Chelsea will be hoping for a strong start to the season when they kick off at home against newly promoted Hull City on 17th August before facing title rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford the following week.
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