I will start off by letting you know that I have mixed feelings about the international break.

International football is great, even if your country is engaged in a friendly contest, it may offer the chance for you to see one of the lesser known players get his chance to impress the manager.

Of course, if your national team is playing competitive football this break, that means you are still trying to claim your ticket to Brazil, in which case there is nothing more important than victory. Either way there is fun to be had.

Now, let’s talk a bit about why I dislike national breaks. Obviously there is the lack of club football, the lifeblood of the sport, and what usually gets me out of bed before 10 am on a Saturday (outside of a hungry, teething, or just awake 10 month old).

But what really bothers me about these breaks is our innate inability as lovers of football to go one week without discussing something about our team with someone.  While I like to think I am above that sort of base urge, sadly, I am not.

So, I thought I would take a look at which Chelsea players the people believe are destined for the exit door, either on a permanent or temporary basis, and also take a look at who might be on the way in come January.  

Again, we are only looking at January moves here so we can, for now, forget about the futures of Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, and Thibaut Courtois.

Juan Mata

Let me start by saying that I, as I am sure most of you would understand, still can’t quite fathom why this hasn’t worked out this season.

There is no doubting the man’s ability or determination. Perhaps it truly is just a matter of being square peg round hole, but I don’t think so.

I still believe this will get sorted and Mata will be banging them in again. Either way, I don’t see a sale of Mata happening anytime soon, not without someone coming in the opposite direction. It would leave Mourinho one Oscar injury away from a real disaster, and frankly, he’s just too smart for that. Mata stays.

David Luiz

This one is more understandable. I think most of us who know Mourinho’s style pretty well had a feeling that the Brazilian might not be first choice centre-back week in week out in the Premier League.

He has had some great performances, but made some head scratching decisions on the ball as well, and that won’t sit too well with the manager. That said, again I think the player has a future with the club.

When he’s on it, Luiz is a master, pushing the ball forward, and supplying teammates with great deliveries. Unfortunately, this season there has probably been a little too much of David Luiz with the switch flicked towards off, but not enough to warrant a departure. Luiz stays.

Kevin De Bruyne

This is the hardest one for me, as I am an admirer of the young Belgian. I had a bad feeling about his Chelsea career when the club splashed the cash on Andre Schürrle. I immediately got the feeling that it was bad news for KDB, and the signing of Willian sealed it.

Unfortunately, in the few chances he has had this season, while he has been solid, nothing has suggested to me that he is ready to displace the likes of Oscar, Mata, Hazard, or Schürrle anytime soon.

So, unless he is content to play a bit role, which surely he is not at this stage in his career with the World Cup looming. According the Daily Star, his Chelsea and Belgium teammate has already recommended he look elsewhere for playing time. However, if he does leave this January, I think it will be a temporary move. De Bruyne gets loaned.

Demba Ba

This one was easiest for me. While he has had a few highlight moments, it just isn’t in the cards long term for Ba at Chelsea. It seems as though for Mourinho, Ba is fourth choice behind Torres, Eto’o and Schürrle. Hopefully the club can move him on somewhere where his talents will be better suited and more appreciated. According to the Metro, Turkey is his likely destination. Ba to be sold.

Radamel Falcao

The name on everybody’s lips for a move to Chelsea last summer, Falcao ended up making the big money move to Monaco instead. Reports like those in the Express have suggested that the striker is “unsettled” in Monaco, and that he has struggled to turn it on in front of less the enthusiastic home crowds in the principality.

However, that doesn’t mean he is on the way out, and I just don’t see this move happening. Samuel Eto’o was the big move for a striker this year, and in planning for the future one would hope that Mourinho understands that bringing in Falcao would almost certainly spell the end for the Romelu Lukaku project. Falcao stays.

Who would you like the club to add at that position? Do you think there is another area of more pressing need? Please share your thoughts.

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