Where to now for Chelsea? Defeat against Swansea in the Capital One Cup semifinal means that six chances of silverware have slipped through the Blues' grasp this season, and already attention is switching towards yet another summer rebuilding job.
Despite "Ballboy–gate", Rafa Benitez has borne the brunt of the fans' frustrations for an insipid showing against the Swans and, unless a genuine miracle occurs between now and the end of the season, the Spaniard will surely be yet another coach condemned to the scrapheap.
But any resurrection of this side must go deeper than the managerial fall–guy. Too many players are overpaid and underperforming, and the new boss—whoever that may be—will need to reconstruct a squad to challenge at home and abroad.
That will mean faces leaving, as well as entering, but with plenty of deadwood already on the roster, why wait until it's too late to make the cull?
I take a look at five players that Chelsea should look to offload sooner rather than later.