Is Chelsea poised for another Russian Revolution in the summer?
Bruce Buck, the Chairman of Chelsea said three to five players might leave, and new faces may arrive.
Should there be player changes in Chelsea? The answer is a no-brainer!
The aging and depleted squad needs fresh legs to last till April. Changing managers can improve a team tactically, but when age has caught up with the players, no manager can save the team, at least not in the Premier League.
So who should leave?
Miniero should definitely go. This one needs no explanation so we shall move on to the next player: Deco.
When Barcelona sold Deco for 8 million, it was considered a steal. It was a steal alright; Chelsea had 8 million stolen from them.
Deco is a magician whose slick and sublime moves can trick many defenders, but he is not consistent. His passes are often faulty, and he is often dispossessed.
He does not justify the high salary and should be replaced by a young midfielder who will not be a financial burden on Chelsea and will progress with time.
Another sure exit is Florent Malouda.
After two years, he still has not justified his price tag. While he has loads of pace, he lacks the consistency, the passes, and the shooting.
A winger that misses sitters is not a big-four team player. Juventus is being linked with Malouda and perhaps it is a win-win for both clubs (assuming that he plays well for Juventus of course).
The loan-signing Ricardo Quaresma is no better either, and he will return to Inter Milan at the end of this season.
Claudio Pizarro, who seems to have settled well in Werder, will most probably make his move permanently. He was never comfortable in the Premiership, and he has found his scoring boots in the Bundesliga.
What about the other German, Michael Ballack? He is on the wrong side of 30 and is also drawing a handsome salary. But is he justifying his price tag?
Michael Ballack was played out of position at times, injured at times, and has played well at times. He still remains a mystery bag for Chelsea. At times, his attack has been amazing, but, at other times, Chelsea supporters have been left wanting. One can only assume that his position is not secure.
Juliano Belletti is an excellent squad player. But he too is an aging player. Brought in to play right back, he has been amazing with his attack, but the arrival of Jose Bosingwa has limited his chances.
This season he has been called on to play in the midfield, but he was never a guaranteed starter. Plus, his performance has been inconsistent.
He might make his way out of the Bridge.
Will he go? Will he not go? Will he go? Will he not go? The press are often varied in their reports about Drogba leaving the club.
At his best, he is a major asset, and he is almost irreplaceable. But his love for Jose Mourinho is well known and with rumors that Mourinho will be given a 100 million transfer kitty, Drogba may a find change from blue to blue and black tempting.
With potentially another trophy-less season, the club will be convinced that making player changes and bringing in fresh faces is the best way to energize Chelsea. Time will tell who shall leave. The clock is ticking.