In the last slide, I mentioned something about Villas-Boas having one foot on each side. What I was referring to is his inability to match his words with his actions.
Villas-Boas was brought into the club to transform it into the high attacking contemporary game that is popular amongst fans. He wanted Chelsea to not only win, but win with “flair” and an entertaining brand of football that will bring joy to the spectators.
I don’t mind this kind of philosophy. I enjoy watching Barcelona make fools of whatever poor side they are facing. But this revolution will obviously require getting rid of some players who do not have the skills to play such a style and bringing in young new ones who can.
As much as I personally don’t like the thought of a Chelsea team without Drogba, Lampard, Malouda, etc., I understand that in sports players will come and go.
But what I don’t enjoy is the cowardice approach to which Villas-Boas has taken on this transformation.
Villas-Boas knows that he needs the players to go if he is to create the kind of team that he wants. He knows that some of them will just not be able to do it, and he knows who may be able to adapt. He should have done something with this knowledge during the transfer windows.
Now instead, he is stuck with a team of veterans who believe they have more credence in their opinions than their manager due to their seniority at the club. In all truth, they may actually be right.
Now, I know the response is going to be that had he sold these players, the PR fallout would have been disastrous, and yes, they are right.
But if Villas-Boas is so confident in his tactics and players, then he should have no trouble winning and silencing any of those who did not approve of his transferring out of the older players. After all, there is no way we can argue with results.
If he wants to keep the older players, that is fine, but like Ray Wilkins said yesterday:
'There has got to be conversation and if Andre is asking for their (veteran players) opinion, then he shouldn't be too shocked when the opinion comes back because they are very powerful and very strong personalities, these guys he's dealing with.'
By the time May comes around, we as fans should know exactly where this team is heading, as it will settle any uncertainty that is creating tension.