It might be that there still remain current Chelsea players in and around the squad, but over the next five years we can expect to see a very different team at Stamford Bridge.

With the Premier League challengers facing a new era under the returning Jose Mourinho, we take a look at how Chelsea could line-up a few years from now, providing their excellent young players continue their development. 

Goalkeeper | Thibaut Courtois - The young Belgian goalkeeper was awarded the Zamora trophy (La Liga's golden glove) after an impressive season at Ateltico Madrid which saw him concede under 30 goals the whole season. Courtois joined the Spanish outfit in 2011 on loan and since then he has won three major trophies. Courtois is set to start the season yet again in Spain.

Right back | Wallace - After impressing on Chelsea's pre-season tour in Asia, the 17-year-old full back has joined Inter Milan on loan as Chelsea wait for him to get his work permit.

Wallace will be hoping to leave a good impression in Italy in order to guarantee his starting place in few years as Ivanovic advances in years.

Centre back | Tomas Kalas - Also a player who was part of Chelsea's pre-season Asian tour, but wasn't included in the America tour, Kalas is set to spend his first senior season at Chelsea after being previously loaned to Erevedisie side Vitesse Arnhem.

Kalas is determined to be part of the defensive rotation, in an area of the field where Chelsea struggled last year in terms of squad depth. If he gets a decent amount of first team minutes, he can become a Chelsea legend in the future.

Centre back | Kenneth Omeruo - The Nigerian was part of his national team in both the recent Confederations Cup and Africa Cup of Nations and played a vital part in his team's success, Chelsea also wait for a good loan deal for the 19-year-old.

Omeruo is currently a part of Chelsea youth squad, and might be up to get first team chances at some point this year.

Left back | Ryan Bertrand - With rumours  that Chelsea are planning to buy England starlet Luke Shaw from Southampton as Ashley Cole starts his last year as a Chelsea player, Ryan Bertrand is looking to impress and be Chelsea's first choice left-back.

Players like Nathan Ake and Patrick Van Aanholt can give the Englishman a good fight in that position, but Bertrand will look to be the first Chelsea youth team player to establish himself in the senior squad since John Terry, and he might one-day become a Chelsea captain.

Defensive-midfielder | Marco van Ginkel - Holland's Young Player of the Year came to Chelsea as Frank Lampard's long-term replacement. He showed great form in his pre-season with Chelsea and will look to become a rock in the first squad.

Defensive-midfielder | Nathaniel Chalobah - Most of you might be thinking what about Josh McEachran, well, Chalobah has proved himself last year at Watford as he was one of the most important figures in their road to Wembley, and McEachran wasn't nearly as influential at Middlesborough.
Chalobah can evolve to become a midfielder just like David Luiz. Great defending skills and long-range shooting will be a key for him.

Left winger | Eden Hazard - Considered as one of the best players in the world, Chelsea will hold him very closely in order to keep him for as long as possible at Chlesea. The Belgian won't have problems in terms of importance to the squad if he keeps his form from last season.

Attacking midfielder | Oscar - Joining Chelsea from Internacional, Oscar formed (together with Hazard and Mata) one of the best trios in the world last season. Between the three of them they managed a total of 44 goals and 50 assists. 

Right winger | Lucas Piazon - Originally labelled as 'the next Kaka', Lucas Piazon wasn't living up to expectations. He has now been sent on a season-long loan to Vitesse, and will be hoping for a successful season to bring him back into contention for a place at Chelsea.

Striker | Rumelu Lukaku - After a terrific loan at West Brom, Lukaku is aiming to take the Chelsea first-team by storm. Becoming Chelsea's pre-season tour top-scorer (5) the big Belgian will look to live up to expectations and become 'the new Drogba'.

Other players to look out for
Josh McEachran
Jamal Blackman
Nathan Ake
Patrick Van Aanholt
Oriol Romeu
Islam Feruz
Thorgan Hazard
Cristian Cuevas

 

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