Writer: Don capon
Date:Tuesday December 3 2013
Favouritism for old players?
When JosÚ came back, there were fears from some fans on VC saying the old guard would be reinstated back to the line up, which has definitely been the case. Terry has returned, Cole too and with the look of things one or maybe even two of them might be offered new contracts.
Now Terry, Ramires and Cech have played the most league games and even cup games with Lampard and Hazard coming close behind them, so the focus will be on the older players and Cole.
Cole: Well he started out as first team left back but then it seemed too much game time actually became a problem for him, so he has been on the bench for a while and he has not been so favoured so far and his persistent rib injury seems to be affected him quite a lot, so I am assuming Jose is giving him a rest for the ribs to heal and give Dave game time and with the looks of things he is going to have that position for a while so his case is settled.
Cech : Well he is better than Mark and since we don't have Thibaut around so it is only fair he gets the highest amount of game time which has been a norm for a few years, but this year is a little different because I wouldn't have my hands on my head should we need to use our back up keeper.
Terry: Well he had a torrid time with Benitez and it seemed he was clearly past it but then this season came along and Terry has looked a totally different player. He has been consistent for us and although a few mistakes he has been generally a very good CB who we can rely on, now with any pairing at CB you decided to use it is probably Terry - and someone else, so his playing time is justified.
Now the issue of Luiz playing ahead of Cahill is quite a debate due to Luiz's ball playing abilities, but then his ball watching for Everton's only goal, his howler against Cardiff and also the terrible performance against Newcastle (I didn't watch it but I heard it literally everywhere, the radio, this website, and my friends who watched the match (non Chelsea fans and other articles online and with Cahill's quite consistent performances, it is understandable that he has a permanent seat on the bench, but then when you look at his performances for Brazil, you can question his commitment to the club and if he still wants to be here or not, because the Luiz with the Brazilian squad is not what we have on our bench disappointing though as he is supposed to be our future.
Lampard : this is the player with the most controversy, now people seem to be peeved with the inclusion in the team most times but then again let`s look at the other options available to Jose, we play 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, he is the best in his role for the former so that is no cause for argument for the latter, Ginkel was the heir to this position and was injured for the season which was not foreseeable him coming back again is a different topic. As we have not gotten any replacement we have Essien , Mikel, Ramires, Lampard , and Ake.
As a DLP let`s remove Ramires for various reasons (even though he could ever play that position, his position beside this role seems as important), Mikel has never been tried for various reasons for our last 3 managers so I don't see it working and he seems to be so out of place forward and that leaves Essien and Lampard, now Lampard has been adjusting to that role since we have seen various combinations so far and we have seen the catastrophic moments we have had on the pitch so the final question, who would you rather pick for the role as a manager knowing a lot depends on that position ???????
P.S : If you are going to answer the question don't bring up a change of topics as it won`t suit other players and notice I didn't mention Josh or Ake because I don't think any manager in their right senses will bench Lampard for any of them
Date:Tuesday December 3 2013
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