Jose Mourinho has brought in a total of five senior signings to mark his return to Chelsea. But did he spend his money wisely?
Over the summer months, Mourinho made no secret of the fact that he was in hot pursuit of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney.
At this point German Andre Schurrle had already been added to the squad along with Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer, but Chelsea went on to make what seems like the senseless signings of both WIllian and Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala.
Firstly the singing of veteran Eto’o could be seen at shrewd business on a reported free transfer, but he appears to have had his best years already having played in Russia for two full seasons, now at the age of 32.
Also, whilst WIllian is undoubtedly an exciting player, I would have to question whether he is needed at all. Chelsea already had a plethora of attacking midfielders at their disposal, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard already at the club before the arrivals of Schurrle and Willian.
Hazard and Oscar are undoubtedly two of the best attacking midfield prospects in Europe, and Chelsea broke the bank for their services last summer racking up a total of over £55million for the two which should warrant I little more faith.
Additionally, Mata has been Chelsea’s player of the season two seasons in a row, scoring 18 goals and laying on 34 assists in last season alone. Also, Belgian Kevin De Bruyne was named the Bundesliga’s Young player of the Season last year which should surely warrant a chance in the first-team.
Another player, who impressed on loan last season, was Romelu Lukaku who netted 17 times in the league including a second half hat-trick against Manchester United. However, he has unbelievably sent out on loan in favour of Eto’o, along with Fernando Torres, and Demba Ba, whose combined league goal tally Lukaku easily surpassed last campaign.
Perhaps Chelsea would have been far better investing in one of their real problem positions, the central defensive midfielder role. Van Ginkel is a good prospect but clearly is not ready to nail down a starting berth as of yet.
Furthermore, despite his surprising goal on Saturday, I am not convinced by John Obi Mikel. Whilst an accomplished passer of the ball, Mikel appears weak in the tackle and often gives away cheap free-kicks, and so a signing like Lars Bender, Luiz Gustavo or Gokhan Inler could have been very useful especially considering their respective prices wouldn’t have broken the bank.
Overall, Chelsea appear to have spent in areas where they did not really need reinforcements in. Whilst their squad is a very strong one, they could be short of a quality holding midfielder, but the main problem will be keeping all of the star names happy, as Juan Mata is already being tipped for a January move.
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