The days of Premier League stars being out-muscled by Didier Drogba and hacked down by tough-tackling midfielders Claude Makelele and Michael Essien are now just fond memories for Chelsea fans.
Since the aforementioned players have waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge, the West London side are yet to fully replace their physical influence, opting to bring in younger and more technical talents over the more physically assertive players.
The London club certainly won't have many regrets in doing so, having seen Spanish playmaker Juan Mata, who scored 18 Premier League goals for Chelsea and assisted 27, succeed during his two-and-a-half year spell at the Bridge, and Belgian sensation Eden Hazard, who has 17 goals in all competitions this season, justifying his price-tag.
But, at times, the Blues have displayed their need for a real powerhouse either in midfield or attack.
The signings of Nemanja Matic and Demba Ba were steps in the right direction for the Blues, but the latter's form has seen him drop to a less effective role on the Stamford Bridge subs bench, despite netting the winner against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
Matic, on the other hand, has done relatively well since arriving in London, and has played instrumental roles in ending Manchester City's unbeaten home record in Chelsea's 1-0 over the Sky Blues at the Etihad, and the 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. In both games, he partnered Brazilian David Luiz in the midfield pivot, creating quite a force in the middle of the park, which clearly worked.
Having two tall, powerful players taking charge of the midfield has arguably proved more effective for Chelsea in the bigger fixtures, and I am of the impression that the Blues need that physicality to help them dominate games both in attack and defence.
Whereas technical ability is crucial for creativity within a game, Chelsea aren't really a club that can make do on technical ability alone, they also need a bit of the old-school nitty gritty in order to assert their dominance on the pitch.
If Chelsea are to buy a world class forward in the summer, a good option would be a striker like Uruguay's Edinson Cavani, who uses his strength to his advantage, can hold up the ball, and help out defensively in the same way Didier Drogba did.
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