If Chelsea fail in their ambitious attempts to clamber into the Champions League places this season, they run the risk of losing a number of key players.
Whilst having a squad littered with world-class players may seem a resounding advantage, given Chelsea’s exceptional scenario it may in fact conspire against them.
Such prominent squad members may demand European football and as the games go by it becomes increasingly unlikely. Chelsea may have a fight on their hands in the summer to ensure their squad doesn’t disperse.
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The arrival of Guus Hiddink has undoubtedly stemmed the chain of losses that were ebbing away at Chelsea but the club remains in the bottom half.
Whilst the Dutchman has recently insisted that the squad can still execute a top four offensive, it remains an impossible dream.
Unfortunately for the Blues, they may have to come to terms with the fact that they may continue to drown in mid-table. The club can’t seem to get the cogs turning nor muster a continuous run of victories.
As soon as the Stamford Bridge side pull off a promising showing, they proceed to render it redundant with stagnant displays in the proceeding games. It’s a toxic cycle that Hiddink is struggling to halt.
With the impossibility of reaching Europe escalating by the game, Chelsea may have to start preparing for the chaos of the summer transfer window.
Players such as Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are likely to demand European football but Chelsea cannot provide this wish.
Whilst many Blues fans would argue their performances this season don’t warrant the Champions League, footballers have short careers and they will want to maximise their chances of securing the continent’s biggest prize.
It’s difficult to comprehend, but Chelsea may face an exodus and they must ensure that the spine of the squad is retained until deadline day.
What will happen in the summer is unforeseeable. In fact, on the contrary, Manchester United’s 2014 transfer business was actually largely successful despite them losing their Champions League place.
However, it’s a risk no team will want to take. It can’t be denied that missing out on European football will increase the likelihood of Chelsea’s biggest earners striding out the exit.
So whilst it may be hard to tell whom or how many players will leave, the Blues must wake-up to the reality that their stagnant domestic showings have swelled the chances of their squad falling to pieces. It’s a hard pill to swallow but a growing reality.
As a result, it’s down to Roman Abramovich and the powers that be to persuade the players that the future is bright at Chelsea or the turmoil will continue to swallow up Stamford Bridge.
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