With so many options to choose from, here's a look at the players that Jose Mourinho is spoilt for choice with when it comes to picking his two holding midfielders at Chelsea this season.
Barcelona target David Luiz was signed from Benfica in 2011. The 28-year-old Brazilian is more commonly known to play in the centre-back position however, under the management of Rafael Benitez, he showed glimpses of his ability in playing the role of the holding midfielder.
With both pace and power Luiz can pick a pass out anywhere on the pitch smashing thunderous long balls forward as accurate as could be. He is able to defend while also attack dangerously at the same time. Whether he is played in the back-line or in the middle of the pitch, Luiz will definitely be giving his all for the Blues.
Not only is Ramires a fellow Brazilian to David Luiz, he also played for Benfica and is also 26 years of age.
The agile Brazilian has blistering pace and wonderful control on the ball to rip opposition defences apart when on attack but also uses his speed to power down the field and get back to help his team in defence.
Maybe not in the headlines as much as fellow team mates Ramires has shown he can play an important role in the Chelsea team for example scoring the goal which mathematically put the blues into the final of the champions league against Barcelona last season.
Definitely one to watch in the coming season, on his day Ramires would be a shoe in for any of the five positions available in the Chelsea midfield.
Marko van Ginkel
Marco Van Ginkel was Mourinho’s second signing since returning to Chelsea for his second managerial spell. The 20-year-old was impressive while representing his country (Netherlands) at the European Under-21 Championships in Israel. Van Ginkel was named Dutch Talent of the Year last season, previous recipients include the likes of former Chelsea players Arjen Robben and Salomon Kalou. At such a young age Van Ginkel managed 36 appearances out of 38 games, scoring six goals in the process. Standing at 6 feet and 1 inch tall he’s definitely a young talent to watch and see how he develops.
To me a living legend, or a legend to be. Without a doubt Frank Lampard has shown his worth over the years to Chelsea fans and the world. Last year he managed to overcome Bobby Tambling’s record and be named the highest ever goalscorer for Chelsea football club.
Lampard probably more known for attacking with all his mesmerising 203 goals for the Blues did in-fact play in the holding midfielder role in the Champions League final in which he captained and led Chelsea to a famous victory over Bayern Munich.
Definitely still hasn’t lost his ability to make himself felt on the pitch, Lampard will be working and training hard to fight for a place in the Chelsea midfield. I for one wouldn’t complain at all to see the England star on the field.
Back from a successful loan spell at La Liga runners up Real Madrid where he filled in at left-back at times, Essien needs no introduction.
Scoring magnificent volleys for fun like the one against Barcelona in the Champions League a few years ago, the Ghana international has returned to Chelsea along with Mourinho (manager at Madrid). At the age of 30 Essien still has a few years left in him and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the tough battling midfielder challenging for a place in the defensive midfielder roles. With years of experience and dedication Essien can still shine for the London club.
John Obi Mikel
Maybe not as an impressive midfielder going forward compared to the others amongst the ranks at Chelsea, but there was once a time when Mikel was being compared to the likes of Messi believe it or not.
Unfortunately for Chelsea that didn’t happen, however what they do have is a dedicated midfielder who battles on the pitch every time. Mikel is never looked upon to take a shot from distance or from anywhere at all really however is able to help his team in defending. Mikel is definitely one to be considered just to sit in-front of the defence and be the first wall that opposition will have to beat before getting anywhere near the goal.
As well as these great players there are also youngsters waiting in the wings to get their chance in the spotlight which include the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah and Josh McEachran.
With all these choices Mourinho's dilemma has only just begun as in part two we will take a look at the attacking-midfielder available to the 'Special One.'
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