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Chelsea need to spend big to compete next year

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Chelsea have had their worst season since Roman Abramovich bought the club and if they want to get back into the Champions League next season, the current squad just won't cut it.

There are some of you that are thinking: "but this is the same squad that won the title in 2014/15" and while that is true, some of the players are just a shadow of their former selves.

Branislav Ivanovic has shown this season that he is unable to be a world class full back, with Jefferson Montero ripping him apart at right back in the first game of the season and in doing so, showing every winger in the league that if you run at him at pace, he just can't handle it anymore.

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He has successfully made the transfer into the centre of the defence, just in time for Chelsea as injuries to John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahil have shown that starting the season with just three recognised centre backs was probably not the wisest move.

The purchase of Matt Miazga in January didn't exactly set the fans' hearts alight and they need to purchase another world class fullback to play with Cesar Azpilicueta, while Baba Rahman, Kennedy, Thomas Kalas or Ola Aina are youngsters in the squad who could do a job there, Chelsea fans would be far happier if they signed someone along the lines of Daniel Carvajal, Marcelo or even Leighton Baines.

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They would also be a lot more content if they signed at least one world class centre back to replace the outgoing John Terry with Kurt Zouma out for at least another six months. The signing of Raphael Varane, Aymeric Laporte or Mats Hummels would go a long way to shoring up what has been one of the Premier Leagues leakiest defences this season.

Chelsea's midfield this season has also been very weak in comparison to the championship-winning season the year before. Cesc Fabregas has lost some of the creative flair that earned him a place in the Premier League team of the season, and Nemanja Matic is a shadow of the player who regularly broke up play from every opposition league the year before. With only John Obi Mikel and Ruben Loftus-Cheek natural players in that position as competition, the signing of at least one more midfielder could really improve the squad.

Radja Nainggolan would certainly fit the bill, and has been rumoured to be on Conte's wanted list, but the fans would love to see someone like Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba who are strong, dominant players but are equally good with the ball as well.

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On paper, Chelsea's attacking midfielders are possibly the best in the league. If Eden Hazard can find some form he may well be a future Ballon d'Or winner, Oscar and Willian are two of the hardest working great ball players and Pedro is one of the best out and out wingers in the world on his day.

However the Spaniard hasn't performed anywhere near his potential since joining from Barcelona, Oscar hasn't hit form and we have all seen the struggles that Hazard has had this season. Only Willian has been a top performer but even his performances have dipped of late.

Bringing in another quality attacking midfielder such as James Rodriguez or Gareth Bale would certainly improve the side.

And then we come to the striker. When Diego Costa decides he wants to play instead of getting in a scrap he is possibly in the top five strikers in the world. But we haven't seen enough of that side of him this season.

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Instead, he has scrapped with anyone he can find and his score tally shows that. Falcao and Alexandre Pato have done nothing to show that they deserve a permanent move and Loic Remy doesn't seem to be trusted by any manager.

The signing of someone like Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Robert Lewandowski would show fans that the club still means business and could drag the team from mid-table obscurity back to title contenders. And if their youngsters could play alongside some world class players in form, they could improve and finally fulfil their great potential.

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