Following Juan Mata’s departure to Manchester United in January, Jose Mourinho was left with Oscar as his sole creative number 10.
But months later, the Brazilian maestro is far less potent than he was at the start of the season. On the wings, Chelsea have an abundance of talent – Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle on the left and Willian and Mohammed Salah on the right. Where there is a shortage of competition is in central attacking midfield, where Oscar is the sole commander in chief.
Although Willian is a very capable operator behind the striker, as is Hazard indeed, Chelsea need a creative player in the mould of the departed Mata. They need another player who can unlock stubborn defences with precise passing and guile, not pace and sheer determination.
A player like Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is the ideal candidate who first springs to mind, but of course he is unavailable. Whoever they get, they must look for a creative attacker, albeit one who will be willing to compete for places.
In central midfield, Chelsea look set to do away with John Obi Mikel, who has been a faithful and loyal servant since 2006. However the return of Nemanja Matic and the energy of Ramires means Mikel is no longer needed. Chelsea may not renew Frank Lampard’s contract at the season’s end but they have their eyes on Everton’s Ross Barkley if reports are to be believed.
In my opinion the perfect solution would be to sell Mikel, let Lampard go and bring in the English duo of Barkley and Southampton's Adam Lallana, both of whom they have been persistently linked with.
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