Although there have been slip-ups along the way, Chelsea are well and truly past their calamitous form of December. Under Guus Hiddink, the club has found its feet again and is undergoing a stage of rehabilitation in the Premier League.
From the dark depths of Jose Mourinho’s twilight weeks in charge, Hiddink has steadied the ship. In many ways, it’s a shame for Chelsea fans that the Dutchman is departing as he has set the Blues on the road to recovery.
As a consequence, the prospect of a new manager should prove daunting. However, what should sound even more concerning are calls for a mass squad overhaul in the summer.
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It appears as if the thirst for success as soon as possible is overriding long-term stability. Just as the club has started turning to youth, this investment in the future could be white-washed by a proposed influx of players.
While the transfer rumours Antonio Conte is attracting might be exciting, it may see players such as Kenedy and Bertrand Traore condemned to the bench as soon as they escaped it.
Besides, what’s wrong with the current formula? Chelsea haven’t lost a single Premier League game under Hiddink, a feat no other club has achieved in the same period of time.
Sure, a lot of these results have been stale draws but if the Blues start next season in a similar vein then they’ll certainly be in the title mix. 13 games without defeat is no mean feat.
Furthermore, the club already possesses a brimming arsenal of world-class players. Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas may not have been at their best in 2015-16, but there can be no guarantee that this stagnant form will spill over into next season.
In addition, they all have Premier League experience. While whispers of Radja Nainggolan and co. may tantalise the fan base, it’s unclear whether such a player would perform in England to they level they do in Italy.
Last summer’s acquisition of Pedro finely demonstrates how the physicality of the Premier League can take very talented players down a rung. England’s top division is simply a different beast and going on a continental-shopping spree would prove a risky business.
After all, Chelsea’s recent transfer activity has proven hit and miss. Blues supporters still cringe upon reminders of their captures of players such as Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao.
While a few carefully considered acquisitions would certainly prove logical, Chelsea would be unwise to go trigger happy in this summer's transfer window.
For the sake of the club’s newly blooded youth contingent and Hiddink’s hard work towards long-term stability, the club should remain cautious and surgical with their transfer activity. The Blues shouldn’t let pound signs blind their strides towards a resurgence.
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