January Sales And Risking The Kids…

January is the worst time to buy players. Clubs and managers are reluctant to break up squads, especially let their prize assets go when they are playing so well.

But we are getting desperate now; Spurs and Arsenal are sitting above us and were in the Europa league spot with Sunderland and Bolton breathing down our necks. Wow, who would have thought that 6 games into the season?

A new creative player is needed, particularly a winger that plays on the wing. Not who constantly drops deep to play or has his back to goal for 80% of the match afraid to shot. We need a young, hungry right footed player who isn’t scared to get past a defender and then deliver a decent ball and contribute with goals.

Options: Thomas Muller, Alexis Sanchez , Pablo Hernandez or even Jordan Henderson.

Our defence was the best in the league and now we struggle to keep a clean sheet. This isn’t Petr Cech’s fault, he’s been in fine form this season but we have struggled with our back line. The loss of Riccy C and injuries to Alex and Terry hasn’t helped, however I was impressed with Bruma against Villa, young, fast and seems an excellent reader of the game. One for the future, if given the right chance.

Bosingwa looks a lot weaker than before his injury and less confident, he needs time but I’m a huge fan of Ivanovic, his workrate and versatility means he should be our right back giving Bosingwa decent competition and time to recover, whilst Ivanovic can be used as cover in the CB position for injuries and suspensions.

Therefore that leaves a gap at centre back that we need to fill, Terry is a hero but not getting younger and is constantly playing with injuries; would be ideal to give him time to rest.

Options: David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Mats Hummels or Roger Johnson.

I believe we only need to bring in two new players at the moment, but we need to give certain players game time. Sturridge looks dangerous, confident and hungry to score goals, yet he is rarely given a chance. I feel Kalou is a lost cause; Anelka doesn’t look interested; give Sturridge 3 or 4 starts and see what he has to offer.

Every Chelsea fan is excited about young Josh McEachran, he looks like an exceptional talent but he hasn’t even started a Premier Lleague game this season. Look at Jack Wilshire, he was given 6 months at Bolton and now is a starter for Arsenal. If your good enough, you’re old enough.

I watched Gael Kakuta closely in the summer at the Under 19’s European Championship, he was incredible. He won the golden player of the tournament for the champion’s scoring crucial goals and assisting the winner in the final. Yet he hasn’t been given much time to show Chelsea what he is about.

That’s three players I’ve mentioned that haven’t played enough, without even considering Van Aanholt and Fabio Borini.

I appreciate that the correct integration along with time is needed to develop talent; we can’t drop half our team for youth it doesn’t work. Rather than giving 15 minutes every now and again to a player, let’s see some stars and a few risks taken, it’s not like things can get any worse can they?

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