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January Options!

January Options!

I'll try to keep this short but at the same time get my points across.

I think Chelsea have to do a major recall of some of our loanees come January, you can disagree and agree to this but its obvious that we are suffering from a lack of squad depth this half of the season. Having already blown away 3 trophies that were touted as a piece of cake, when are we going to have the chance again to compete for 8 trophies again in the immediate future with teams beefing up their squads and mounting worthy challenges?

First we need to buy a defensive midfielder in the mould of De Rossi or Fellaini, Yanns Mvilla too is another available option to give us steel that we have been lacking in the midfield since the glory days of our best defensive midfielder in the modern era in Michael Essien. We need to keep Torres out of our team and get a proper striker and getting Falcao, Theo Walcott and recalling Lukaku for the FA Cup and Europa league will be fair

Kevin De Bruyne will give us a new option from what we are used to as a central attacking midfielder, his style is different from mazacar and we can use the remaining half of the season to blood him into the team. We also have to recall one of McEachran or Chalobah for the same reasons, but I'd prefer it to be McEachran and he can play as a central midfielder for us in some games instead of Ramires.

Piazon should be given more game time in the FA Cup and the likes of KDB, whose time will be limited a bit, can be a given a shot there too, we can't keep saying they won't get game time when Fergie and Mancini find a way of rotating their squad to perfection, no wonder they are way ahead of us in the league table!

Chelsea have become too predictable and we need these players to add squad depth to the team and change our style a bit, Mata is too comfy in his role, so are Hazard and Torres, they don't break their backs whilst playing for Chelsea, because they know they'll be picked in the next game irrespective of their performances.

I think its safe to say January is a good time to bring in some real competition and make our squad more competitive, our stars finds it too easy getting picked when the likes of Anelka, Ballack, Tiago, even Deco had to burst their nuts to get picked at times. That is part of what is affecting our team, the ruthlessness isn`t there anymore and it needs to be addressed, we should take a cue from the buffalo herd or a bison's herd, the weak ones get wittled down by the predators and the healthy ones keep the herd strong.

Let the best of the best players be in our 25 man squad and let them keep guessing who will start the next game so the competition can be fierce and let the weak ones who can't handle the competition and standard set by the club should look for mid table teams where their demands are not as high as Chelsea's and play there.

I am sick of players wriggling their backsides and taking a stroll on the pitch doing next to nothing and getting fat pay checks whilst players who earn £25,000 per week play their hearts out and make a fool out of the £175k, £150k earners week in week out, its heartbreaking and disheartening!

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Date:Tuesday December 18 2012
Time: 4:39PM


Agree m8, good and concise article. Will say though re: the loanees that it is a delicate balance between squad depth and 1st team playing time and continual development and much more time at their respective clubs.
18/12/2012 16:56:00
fellaini is the best option after that get who ever u like and bench torres
18/12/2012 17:02:00
fellaini is the best option after that get who ever u like and bench torres
18/12/2012 17:03:00
dont see the point of recalling lukaku if we buy falcao. same with josh/kdb etc. agree with 1st 2 paragraphs the thing about recalling players is pointless if you buy players tht fill up their positions.
18/12/2012 17:16:00
fellaini is not our best option. de rossi/m'villa are both better value for money
18/12/2012 17:17:00
@Desmond good points and a nice article. I would love to express my toughts. I believe that among our team of players that are out on loan, the best among them who truly have the skill and talent and are actually making the right progress and development are courtois, KDB, Josh, kalas, PVA, lukaku, kane and chalobah. However i feel that recalling any of these players would significantly affect their development. If these players are allowed to complete their loan spells at their various clubs, they will become better players by summer who would be better ready to replace the players that would be leaving on free transfer in the summer like lamps, cole, fereira, hilario and turnbull. The squad we have now is a good one but its a squad that underwent a significant surgery in the summer and would have to go through a period of transition and moments of disappointment to become a complete and gelled squad that would be compete for us on a consistent basics like the last dynasty before them for years to come.. What this present squad needs are just 2signings(a quality defensive midfielder and a cynical striker) in january and we would get ourselves back on track, even if it means spending a big part of our next summer's transfer budget. We wont have to spend much in the summer cos we can comfortably replace most of our summer departures with our best promising youngsters on loan.
Chelz Akamz
18/12/2012 17:18:00
Desmond,,,,How is your health
18/12/2012 17:31:00
@chelz akamz, fair enough, @humza, I get ur point and they are fair too, but I have this feeling u don't like fellaini as an option for cfc, @samex, I am feeling a bit better but I am not happy with the way we are playing so far, @ akamz, u raised worthy points, but I'll ask u mate, if we get 2 quality players in the january transfer window in a DM and a striker, what will happen to this set of players when we start the same players in the europa league, FA cup, EPL and perhaps calling cup? Are wee going to keep playing only 15 players all season?
18/12/2012 17:41:00
dont buy 50 million striker or any other player the that if he gets flop then the manager will still play him inspite of his bad form just because he has high price tag....for e.g torres inspite of being a fecking flop managera has to play him because its romans expensive toy and he doesn want his toy to sit on the bench...thats why dont go for expensive purchase sign players like damio bony isco schrulle wamayo benat lorrente they wont have high expectation and if they dont play well by chance then you can bench them....not like lady torres who has so much fecking ego when he is not in the starting line up....he is a disease for chelsea...and roman is not curing it
18/12/2012 17:45:00
our players are soft.mata should play at the wings and leave oscar as no.10.infact mata came as winger way stick there and we have a strong oscar.also kdb should be recalled and play 433 with fellaini at the cdm ramirez rdm feeding mata and moses ldm feeding hazard.
18/12/2012 17:59:00
@desmond, nice suggestions my brother! but i feel if any of our loanees are to be recalled i will only clamour for two and that's lukaku and KDB. any other loanees should see it out their loans. and i dont know if i should agree with you that mata is too comfy in his role, what i surely don't understand is coaches refusing to take him off when he's clearly not in the match. all we need like you said is a striker, fellaini and walcott
18/12/2012 18:07:00
@humza, fellaini can only be second to de rossi but definitely not behind m'villa
18/12/2012 18:09:00
Bluesinme, thank u my broda, nice suggestions and worthy contributions my brother,@mzee6, the way u suggest we set up our team is impressive on paper, but so did we set up the current team on paper when we purchased them and it took us no where, but seriously mate I like the look of whqat u suggested, it is intelligent and can work, @shlok, I must agree with u about the price tag, I was against it most time since we've been beaten thrice by expensive flops, but we all know falcao is a beast and er err I think the thought of man utd being kept at the top by solely RVP's goals and assists mught sway roman, roman happens to love his team scoring
18/12/2012 18:39:00
Must have swayed roman* ,I am sorry guys
18/12/2012 18:40:00
Cant agree any less especially the competition aspect of the suggestions. I for one wanted an addition of a suitable competition for Torres in the summer,but many were afraid it will hurt his psyche. And talking about loanee recalls, there are calibre of players that you keep in the bench and they will find playing chances very minimal,cos coaches under pressure(a familiar situation in Cfc) don't take risks,Marcko Marin,Studge,Piazon?. So only players of proven abilities can provide that level of competition.
18/12/2012 18:46:00
Good article Desmond. I understand most of your points but i disagree with a few of them. The basis being that we do not have a stable managerial position in place . Only clubs with stable managers make the decisions you are talking about. I wouldnt say much about United cos they are way ahead of us in terms of stability anyway. Clubs that are on par with their managers regarding future plans do a lot of these things. A good example is Dortmund. Klopp bought Reus in January and while he couldnt move,he had to wait till the summer before joining Dortmund. He planned his team and worked his team to accommodate his arrival,We have all seen what Reus has been doing with Gotze since his arrival. That is a good example of a manager signing and planning for his team. We do not have that at Chelsea cos our managers only have months and therefore only plan for the immediate future. The only reason why certain players come to Chelsea now is either cos they love the club or their agents negotiate very lucrative contracts for them,the money is enough to take their minds off the other problems they are sure to face. Players no longer come to Chelsea for footballing reasons.The same goes for any manager that comes,Tubby included. You wonder why Robinho and some other player warned young players to stay clear of Chelsea!! Getting back to the point of the article,it would be an absolute disaster to bring back the onloan players.....cos Tubby hasnt got any plans for them,he doesnt know them and thats the truth!! The manager who supposedly knows them has been sacked! Their careers with Chelsea lies in the balance except for the very special one which is Courtois. And i will be shocked if he doesnt go to Barcelona. He would be a fool not to cos he has a very good chance of pushing Valdes out of that team than waiting 4years on the chelsea bench while we keep changing managers and unsettling the whole team. I remember a time during Mou's reign that he introduced Scot Sinclair and the boy bullied Rio Ferdinand with his pace... My point is,Until we get some stability in this club,we will keep ruining the growth of these youngsters! 1 question,whats the difference between McEchran and Wilshere? One is from an unstable club and the other is from a very stable club where the manager has been allowed the time to norture his talent and give him the needed confidence! You think some youngsters dont regret coming to this club? think again!!!
18/12/2012 18:51:00
3nity, u blew me away with that aspect of the instability of the club, in my blinded race to see chelsea playing well again, I neglected the fact that we have an interim manager who aint staying, sighs, then what are we to do in january? Buy our way out of this troubles? Buy anoda 5 players for perhaps 150m, mate I am getting frustrated with chelsea!! We need to start playing like the european giants that we are not some club a corinthian will be beating!
18/12/2012 19:11:00
Desmond,Now you see my frustrations! The most painful part is that we have the talent!...Only a few tweaks here and there and we will be playing swashbuckling footie! If it were left to me,given the rate of our current decline,i will find a way to sell Torres and take away that huge 175k per week and get Falcao. Get a proper manager by January who can start his job in the shadows,start making his plans for the summer and just lock RA and the BOARD up in a room for the next 2years!!! Thats never gonna happen,the best we as fans can do now is just support our dear club and watch as this drama unfolds. It saddens me to see how a very good season that promised so much has been turned into such disaster. Incompetence is very much engraved into the core of that board and there is nothing we can do about it since this is a sole proprietorship!
18/12/2012 19:24:00
why not try nino as cf.and mata behind sf marin n hazard at wimgs and moses and luiz at thd pivot.azpi iva ferrera and cole at the back.this is only for leeds vs cfc.
18/12/2012 19:26:00
@Desmond i think with those 2 quality additions to the squad, we would have enough depth to compete on all fronts. We currently have a squad of 19 outfield players. 8 defenders, 3 DM/CM(minus romeu), 6 attacking midfielders(plus piazon) and 2 strikers. Players like marin, piazon and even sturridge are yet to see enough match time to actually have a run in the team and stalk a claim to a regular shirt and we all know that these players all gat the quality to play for chelsea but ve been restricted by either the form or reputation of the players ahead of them. A player like hazard would definitely average around 50 appearances this season cos of his price tag, wages and potentials cos he is a big monetary investment and a young player who needs the consistent game time to become the world beater that we expect him to become. Same goes for oscar. Mata too is currently our best player(even though he has being disappointing in some of the key matches this season) and he too would keep playing most of the matches. So there is really no need to bring back some of our most promising youngsters who are currently making encouraging progress and have them waste away on the bench when they would be of better use for us in the summer replacing the free departures. Just make two good additions in january and we would be back to business. Either sign falcao and an average DM like diame or sign fellani and a cheap proven but quality striker like huntelar or ba. Left for me, i could even go as far as signing only falcao if it means that it is the only deal that the avialable money can do and push luiz to DM. The trio of terry, cahill and ivanovic can compete for the centre back as caesar have proven to be very reliable at right back with fereira providing him cover.
Chelz Akamz
18/12/2012 19:46:00
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