Written by Andrew Dipper
The table doesn’t lie; Chelsea have been by far the best team in the Premier League this season and made what was once the most competitive league in the world look like more of a one horse race than the Scottish Premier League. Bitter Arsenal fans may try and call us “boring, boring Chelsea” – but we don’t think scoring three more goals than Arsenal in the same number of games really qualifies as boring.
Despite strategic criticism from other teams, the Blues are without doubt the most dominant team in England – so what will we have to do next season to retain the title?
With Drogba departing and JT’s career winding down, it’s obvious that Mourinho will be in the market again this summer for players that can match the pace and intensity of the Premier League. So the question is this: who do Chelsea need to sign to retain the title?
Raphael Varane – CB
John Terry may have had the best season of his life this year, but this summer’s the perfect time to blood in his replacement. Cahill is a cracking defender, probably second only to Terry this season, but the England international will be turning 30 next season and might be at his peak by then. Raphael Varane, on the other hand, is already up there with some of the best defenders in the world – and in many people’s opinions is probably in the top 20 in the world, despite having only turned 22 this season.
The French international is currently playing second fiddle to Pepe and Ramos at current club Real Madrid, so a move might be on the cards for the young skipper. Considering the fact that he’d be linking up with Kurt Zouma, another young French prospect and big love of Jose’s, we’re willing to bet this would be a match made in heaven.
Lucas Fabianski – GK
Not be the most conventional choice for most Chelsea fans, but it looks as though Petr Cech will be leaving Chelsea this summer for first team football and we’re going to need to fill that hole. We have Jamal Blackman, but he doesn’t look ready to step up to the first team yet. Fabianski is a huge contender for golden glove this season and even moved to Swansea as a back-up keeper before Vorm departed for Spurs. After that, Fabianski had to step up – and to be fair to the Polish keeper, he’s done a smashing job.
Alexandre Lacazette – ST
It’s been great having Didier back at the Bridge and, despite joining us at the ripe old age of 37, he’s been a quality third choice striker behind Costa and Remy. But with Drogba announcing his departure this week, with the MLS his likely destination, it’s time to start looking for someone to fill his boots. Alexandre Lacazette has burst onto the scene this season, scoring 31 goals for French club Lyon this season out of 38 appearances – making him a worthy back-up for the animal that is Diego Costa. We’re also excited by the idea of an on-pitch partnership when Diego and Alexandre are paired up-front. Lacazette’s calm personality would complement Diego’s temperament perfectly.
Mohamed Salah – RM
Possibly the strangest inclusion on this list is the man once dubbed the ‘Egyptian Messi’ – already a Chelsea player of course and currently on loan at Fiorentina. Since joining Fiorentina, the 22 year old has scored 6 goals in 14 appearances – which, for a RM, is more than impressive and could possibly earn him a place in the Serie A team of the season. Willian has had a decent campaign, but it feels unfair not to give Salah a chance in the first team with stats like that. With Juan Cuadrado yet to reach his peak, it would be great to see all three pushing themselves to secure a place in the starting 11.
Nathaniel Clyne – RB
Branislav Ivanovic has been a Chelsea stalwart since 2008 and probably just had the best season of his life – but the Serbian is turning 32 next season and already showing signs of losing his pace. Ivanovic is a brilliant right-back, but let’s think about the future. Nathaniel Clyne has also just had the best season of his career and only missed out on a team of the season place to Ivanovic himself – and at only 24 years old, the England international still has 5-7 years left at the top of his game. Go get him, Jose.
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