Chelsea's Old Guard has been around a number of years, winning many trophies in the process. Despite all the success, could it soon be coming to an end?
With the departures of Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to New York City FC, and AS Roma respectively, this leaves the Old Guard with only three members; John Terry, Petr Cech, and Didier Drogba, who has recently turned to the club after his release from Turkish side Galatasaray. Without the Old Guard, Chelsea may not have achieved the amount of success that they had.
These group of players played in some memorable games across their careers at Stamford Bridge. Most notably, the Champions League final in 2012.
Four members of the Old Guard played in the final and all made contributions to ensure Chelsea won the Champions League for the first time. Didier Drogba scored the equaliser and scored the winning penalty, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard both scored their penalties, and Petr Cech saved an extra-time penalty, and a penalty in the shoot-out.
But, all good things must come to an end. Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have both left the club, Didier Drogba has recently returned on a one-year deal, and serious doubts over the future of Petr Cech have emerged after the return of Thibaut Courtois. John Terry is on a one-year deal, but contract negotiations won't begin until the latter stages of the season. Does this spell the end of Chelsea's old guard?
Could some of Chelsea's current squad become the future Old Guard? Many players could take the step up and inspire Chelsea on-and-off the pitch.
Players such as Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Thibaut Courtois are the players that spring to mind when thinking about what players that Chelsea need to keep hold of.
What do you think? Is Chelsea's illustrious Old Guard about to end? And in the future, will the legacy of the Old Guard live on with a new breed of players? Comment below!