It has been a solid if un-spectacular start from Chelsea this season, with many fans expecting bigger things with the return of Jose Mourinho.
The Special One is undoubtedly one of the best managers in football at the moment, however he is yet to get the best out of his new look Chelsea team. The fact he isn’t achieving instant success could be down to the fact that Mourinho doesn’t yet know his best XI, however the fact he seems to neglect players he should really be considering can’t help either.
I want to look at three Chelsea players that Jose Mourinho should not neglect and should really be considering for his first-team.
A lot has been made over the Mata situation in recent weeks, Mourinho has publicly stated that Mata is not his first choice number 10 anymore, a role which he has handed over to Oscar this campaign.
Oscar is a great player and had an outstanding first season in England’s top flight, but is he better than Mata? Well Mourinho certainly seems to think so, and whether it is for a professional or personal reason, the rest of the footballing world just can’t empathise with the Portuguese tactician.
However there are many reasons that Mourinho really should be using Mata and not leaving him out. Firstly he was Chelsea’s Player of the Year for the last two seasons thanks to his performances for the Blues, and that can’t of been for no reason, however he needs playing time to prove himself.
Secondly, during his first two seasons with the club, he racked up 62 appearances, netting 18, and creating many more for his team mates, which again he needs playing time, in order to replicate.
Needless to say, Juan Mata should be playing.
Not as such neglected by Mourinho, however the Special One has undoubtedly made a mistake by sending the talented young Belgian out on loan for a second season.
With new signing Samuel Eto’o yet to score in his first three games, and Fernando Torres having seemingly lost his touch, Mourinho may well have loaned out his best striker.
After Lukaku’s loan spell with West Bromwich Albion last season, Chelsea fans will have been excited by the prospect of seeing Lukaku in the blue of Chelsea this season, however you can imagine their disgust at seeing him on loan again and scoring in the blue of Everton.
Last season, for West Brom, Lukaku had an unbelievable campaign, using his strength and deadly goal scoring threat to net 20 in all competitions as well as getting four assists, however most impressively he managed to get a hat-trick against Manchester United after coming off the bench.
Even though it was his penalty miss that handed Bayern Munich the Super Cup, Mourinho has undoubtedly lost his best goal scorer for the rest of this season.
Again like Lukaku, Courtois isn’t as such being neglected by Chelsea, however he isn’t being used in a way which would help Mourinho’s side.
Although Peter Cech is still consistently a good performer and has been Chelsea’s first choice keeper for a number of years, Courtois is young and is arguably the better keeper and should be the one in the Chelsea net.
The young Belgian has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for the past two season, and for the current campaign to help aid his development, and it is safe to say, Madrid can be thankful for Chelsea’s constant generosity.
Courtois is arguably the best young goalkeeper in the world, and has been arguably the best goalkeeper in La Liga for the past two seasons. He is 6ft 6 with amazing reactions and positioning, and Atletico Madrid have had cause to thank him on numerous occasions.
Even though Cech is a quality keeper, surely the Belgian’s time at Stamford Bridge must begin soon, or Chelsea risk losing him permanently.
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