As the transfer for Willian Borges da Silva, commonly referred to as simply Willian, looks to have gone through for a fee close to £32 million, it seems as if Chelsea have finally completed their wish list of attacking prowess that no other Premier League club can match.
As well as the Brazilian winger, they signed Andre Schurrle on the 25th of June from Bayer Leverkusen, for a fee in the region of £18 million. Schurrle, an attacking midfielder renowned for his accurate finish, slotted easily into the Chelsea set up pre-season, scoring his first goal in a friendly win against AC Milan in August. He already has 25 caps for the German national team, scoring seven goals along the way, and is challenging Mesut Özil for his starting position already. At 22, he has the potential to be one of the Premier League’s top midfielders in the coming years - providing he can get regular playing time that is.
Marco van Ginkel arrived at the Bridge on in July for a fee believed to be in the region of £9 million. The 20-year-old midfielder has been in the Netherlands national team set up since he was 17, and has put in some fantastic performances for the youth teams in the process eventually leading to a call-up the senior team in November 2012. Described as a mix between Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, he has great stamina and is capable of scoring goals as his attacking position and want for goals is obvious in every performance. He was named ‘Dutch Talent of the Year’ last year and is expected to do great things for Chelsea in the coming years.
In addition to the exciting transfers orchestrated by Jose Mourinho this summer, there are two talented young stars returning to Chelsea after successful loan spells at other clubs. The starlets we are talking about are, of course, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne. Lukaku had a great season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, scoring 17 times in 35 games and the athletic 19-year-old forward almost single-handedly dragged West Brom into their highest league finish of all time in the Premier League.
His great strength and prolific goal scoring ability has lead to him being re-promoted into the Chelsea senior team, scoring five goals in pre-season including a brace against BNI Indonesia All-Stars and the winner in a friendly against AS Roma.
22-year-old attacking midfielder De Bruyne returned to Chelsea in July after a successful loan spell at German team Werder Bremen. His loan spell in the Bundesliga was so good that he was linked with a summer move to champions Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, but Mourinho was adamant on his return to Chelsea and promised the Belgian international regular first-team appearances. The possibility of Champions League football was enough to guarantee De Bruyne’s return to the Bridge for the 2013/14 season and he made his debut appearance against Hull City on the first day of the term.
With five of the best, young attacking midfielders in Europe joining their ranks for the 2013/14 season, Chelsea look to be a tremendous threat to the Mancunian forces of previous years. With the likes of Eden Hazard, Ramires, Oscar, Juan Mata, Victor Moses and Lampard in great form during pre-season, the next league title might just belong to the Blues yet again.
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