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Drop Diego Costa - three changes that Jose Mourinho must make at Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho's Chelsea currently sit in an uncomfortable 16th place in the Premier League table after a dismal opening 12 games to the season.

Whilst the last three games have all ended in defeat, though, there has been much improvement in the team’s performance, with the likes of Eden Hazard looking sharper than his form back in August and September.

It doesn’t matter how well you play and how little luck you seem to be getting, of course. If the Blues don’t start turning results around soon, the media bombardment on Mourinho and his men will never cease until drastic measures are taken at the west London club.

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Here's what the Portuguese manager can do to begin his team's season turnaround:

BUY A DEFENDER IN JANUARY

The start of the season saw a large portion of blame for Chelsea’s bad results fall upon right-back Branislav Ivanovic, whose contract is up at the end of the season and is likely to be let go.

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Looking back, however, it is clear that Ivanovic was not the only factor, despite his overwhelming inability to defend against any winger.

His replacement, Baba Rahman, is too raw at 21-years-old with little exposure to the physicality of the Premier League.

Therefore, a new defender is needed; someone who can either add experience and youth to the right-back position or sure up the centre of the Blues' defence.

Whilst effective for the sake of game time, the rotation of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma has resulted in inconsistency and goals conceded - 23 this season to be exact.

Expect another pursuit of Everton’s John Stones, with PSG’s Marquinhos and Real Madrid prodigy Rafael Varane also likely to be eyed, all of which talented defenders capable of reinvigorating Chelsea's defence.

RECALL RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK

Mourinho has changed his midfield more times this season than he has in his last two at Stamford Bridge, highlighted by his double substitution of Nemanja Matic in the 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton in October.

This has been down to the fact that the Blues' midfield has proven unable to sufficiently support the defence when not in possession and provide support when going forward.

The dire form of Matic and Cesc Fabregas is a direct reason for this. The Serbian midfielder has failed to utilise his brute strength to intercept and distribute the ball, whilst his Spanish partner has been a far cry from the creative genius of last season.

It's perfectly plausible that the pair that can regain form, but Mourinho must look towards 19-year old Ruben Loftus-Cheek as the solution to their midfield woes for the time being.

A promising youngster that started in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa in October after Mourinho indicated the England Under-21 star would be granted a chance in the first team, Loftus-Cheek has since found himself criticised by the 52-year-old for his poor defensive work rate, but there is little doubting his energy could re-energise the Stamford Bridge side in the middle of the park.

DROP DIEGO COSTA

The Spaniard has gotten himself into more fights this season than scored goals, which speaks volumes about his poor contribution.

A lethal goalscorer on his day, the 27-year-old Costa has this season found himself drifting out onto the left flank too much, leaving an empty box and rendering any cross useless.

He seems to have lost half a yard of pace and seeing how Costa admitted in October that he "was a little bit overweight" at the beginning of the season, it suggests the Spain international has grown sloppy in comparison to his emphatic goalscoring seasons of past.

Costa could benefit from a spell on the bench, in terms of changing his mental focus back into goalscoring alone and working on his fitness, whilst also allowing Loic Remy, or even Radamel Falcao, game time to rediscover their touch.

Despite suggestions that Mourinho is to be sacked should such form continue, support from the fans has remained throughout the season, which says a lot about how dearly they hold the 52-year-old to their hearts.

And with the support of owner Roman Abramovic, he could implement these changes over the next few months in a bid to reinvigorate their season and at least challenge for a top four spot.

Chelsea fans: what three changes would YOU make to turn your club's season around? Let us know your thoughts!

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