It's been a busy summer on the football front now, hasn't it? The European season only concluded towards the end of May. Before we knew it, some players were shifting base within the continent to link up with their compatriots at the pre-Euro national camps, whilst others were headed for well-deserved breaks.
The action has been coming thick and fast. And that's not changing anytime soon. The European Championships have come and gone; the Olympics are getting underway. Clubs across the continent have, nonetheless, kick-started preparations for the next campaign.
London is buzzing with life right now, and yet a large chunk of the first team men at Chelsea Football Club find themselves so far away from the city, from the familiar settings at Cobham, and of course, from the frenzy preceding the biggest sporting extravaganza there is.
And as a dedicated follower of the Blues, it is only natural that I find myself wondering what our grand man Roberto Di Matteo is thinking right now.
Having etched his name in the history books only a couple of months back, RDM has the Chelsea job permanently now, and, with it of course, a paid trip to the United States too.
Jokes apart, the man has some serious work to take care of this summer. We are looking at Roberto to stamp his mark on the club, to create a model for sustained success.
Time really flies, doesn’t it? There he was in Munich just a little while back, celebrating the historic triumph in the Champions League final, and now he finds himself preparing his troops for a pre-season friendly against the Seattle Sounders.
With the Blues getting back to football matters, I started wondering what things would look like if I woke up to find myself in RDM's shoes.There would be some pressing issues I'd have to look into.
The transfer window is still open, and while some big talents have been recruited, a few key decisions remain to be made. The biggest of them all would involve taking a call on the final squad to work with for the first half of the 2012-13 season.
Here's something I'd have to consider: What would the 25 man squad for the Premier League season look like come September 1? I have given my verdict on that, amongst other things, in the slides that follow.