My past few articles have stated quite clearly that I am in defense of the old guard at Chelsea. While I think Villas-Boas is reinventing the team's style of play to be more attune to the high attacking technical offenses, I still maintain that he is going about it the wrong way and is somewhat in over his head for right now.
However, this does not mean I am an unreasonable nostalgic who refuses to move on from the past. I understand that all great things must come to an end and in sports, as in life, things come and go and the best we can do is manage our emotions toward them.
Chelsea is an aging squad and there is little argument against that. Many of their players lie on opposite ends of the spectrum, with about the same amount in their early 20s as those in their early 30s. The future is becoming more and more evident as Villas-Boas struggles to respect the veteran status of Stamford Bridge legends, while also developing his youth for what will be the players that define his tenure.
The only way to continue Chelsea’s ranking amongst Europe’s best is to accept that the time for change may have come at the Bridge and while I may not like the idea of players no longer wearing the Chelsea blue, it may be in the best interest of the club and their careers that they part ways.
Here are four players who should be sold off this January.