It’s been reported that Jose Mourinho is “plotting revolution” in the Chelsea dressing room following the club’s catastrophic start to the 2015-16 campaign.
The Blues are 16th in the Premier League table, despite the fact they won the title with the same group of players in May, just three points outside of the relegation zone.
Nobody predicted this would happen. It’s come as a complete shock to fans - not just those who support Chelsea - and pundits alike. And now Mourinho is reportedly ready to make wholesale changes.
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Spanish newspaper Sport claim Mourinho is considering selling four of his first-team stars - Eden Hazard, Oscar, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa - when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Clearly, that’s not going to happen - even if he is sick to the back teeth of the quartet after everything that’s happened over recent weeks.
Selling Hazard would be madness
Mourinho has to keep Hazard, who is unquestionably one of the most talented attacking players in world football. Selling the Belgium international, the current PFA Premier League Player of the Year, would be complete madness.
Matic and Costa must also stay
Getting rid of Nemanja Matic would also be a mistake. Yes, the 27-year-old has been hugely disappointing this season, but last term he was arguably the best defensive midfielder in the world.
Similarly, Diego Costa was outstanding for large parts of last season - and the campaign before that with Atletico Madrid.
His problem isn’t his quality but rather his temperament. The Spain international sees the red mist far too often and, unfortunately for Chelsea, it’s hard to see the striker changing his ways.
But Mourinho shouldn’t give up on him just yet. It’s hard to sign reliable goalscorers, after all.
Oscar should be moved on in January
One player who should be moved on, though, is Oscar.
The Brazilian playmaker has not developed at the rate many fans expected he would when he arrived from Internacional in 2012.
Chelsea’s first-choice number 10 should be scoring or creating goals on a weekly basis, but Oscar has a tendency to go missing - particularly when the going gets tough.
There is talent there but his numbers - in terms of goals scored and assists registered - simply haven’t been good enough. Since he arrived at Chelsea, really.
In his first campaign, Oscar scored four goals and provided seven assists - a decent return given the player’s tender age.
He then scored eight goals and contributed five assists during the 2013-14 season, followed by six goals and eight assists during the next full campaign.
So far this season, meanwhile, Oscar has scored one Premier League goal and failed to register a single assist.
Chelsea could sign a better playmaker
It’s hard not to imagine that Chelsea would be far more dangerous if they had a genuine world-class playmaker in that No.10 position.
Oscar has had enough chances to prove he’s the best man for the job - but it might be best for the long-term future of Chelsea if they looked elsewhere for a new playmaker.
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