Date:Monday December 31 2012
Now that Chelsea has managed to get back to its winning ways, and more importantly with a fine sturdy balance in its defensive and offensive plays, it's time to evaluate the team and discuss the missing pieces which could transform Chelsea into a consistent winning team playing with the flair the owner demands of it.
Center Forwards (CF) - Chelsea need to add a CF that can take some of the pressure of Torres and more importantly provide the team with different strategic options in the attack. Though some may say recalling Lukaku could provide Chelsea with this option, I still think that Lukaku deserves to continue his progress at West Brom, besides a team like Chelsea need to have a minimum of 3 CF to be able to effectively compete on all fronts. An ideal CF, would be someone who has excellent movement in tight spaces, strength to hold up the ball, allowing the attacking midfielders to get into the game, strength in the air and can take long range shots when needed. Falcao would be the 1st choice, but for a lesser transfer amount Chelsea can still get Demba Ba or Bafétimbi Gomis who would be ideal additions to the team.
Attacking Midfield - Chelsea have great options in the attacking midfield with Mata, Hazard, Oscar and Moses having excelled in their attacking roles. The challenge going forward would be integrating the available youth or on loan resources mainly Piazon and Kevin De Bruyne into the team. I still think Marin when fully fit, with his speed and dribble provides another useful option for the team when playing against defences that prefer to defend deep.
Defensive Midfield (Pivot) - Luiz has settled well in his new pivot role, allowing Chelsea with both defensive cover but importantly quick offensive transition in terms of carrying the ball forward or making a great forward pass. It's however a little too early to say if Luiz is the long term option in this role but I do think at the moment Chelsea look effectively sufficient in this area with the available options of Mikel, Ramires, Luiz, Lampard and Romeu. However if Lampard's future is not sorted out, Fellaini would be an ideal replacement. He would provide Chelsea a more dynamic robust option in the midfield like Luiz, with his tireless running, ball control and strong aerial abilities. I would also like to see Josh McEachran given an opportunity to see what he can offer the team in the pivot role as he is a more creative option.
Defence - With Luiz more effective in the midfield or rather it can be said, not reliable in the defence, Chelsea would need to find a long term replacement to help Ivanovic and Cahill in the defence. An ideal replacement would be the type of defender with strength, pace and tactical awareness the likes of Vincent Kompany or Thiago Silva. Such types are difficult to find, so the second best option would be finding someone in the mould of Cahill who are young, skilful, passionate and eager to learn and progress. I like Ryan Shawcross but also think that in Tomas Kalas or Jeffrey Bruma we have sufficient talent for the future. I would like to see Ashley Cole stay for another year, but if not then Baines signed up as a replacement for Cole.
Coach - So far I like what Rafa has done but I would still like to see how Chelsea does against top teams like Manchester United or City before saying that he is the best future option for Chelsea. If Rafa has a good record in his games as interim manager, I would like him being given a long term contract and importantly the support to build and manage this Chelsea team.
Date:Monday December 31 2012
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