Chelsea Plans for the New Season: Wingers

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Chelsea Plans for the New Season: Wingers
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Chelsea Football Club will probably look back at the 2008-09 season and realise how much better things could have been for them. At present, they can look forward to the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium versus Everton. But they must also look out for next season and decide what the squad should be.

One of the problems that has plagued Chelsea this season and must be sorted out before next season is that of their wingers.

Here I have a look at who should be kept, who should be sold, and who should be bought, analysing the performance of current wingers playing for the Blues this season and also keeping a check on wingers targeted by Chelsea who are doing a good job at their present clubs.

Current Chelsea Players

Joe Cole

He is the wing king for the Blues. He has been an important part of the past three Blues managers' plans. He is able to open up and cut past the opposition defense, which is one feature that has been lacking in the Blues' play ever since Arjen Robben's departure.

He was in fine form this season until, of course, his season-long injury. Last year, he won the "Chelsea Fans' Player of the Year award."

My suggestion: Keep him under all circumstances.

Florent Malouda

Malouda was an expensive signing, costing around 13 million pounds. But his performances haven't justified his price tag. He struggled for starts under Avram Grant and was average under Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The arrival of Guus Hiddink helped him improve his performances a lot. But with Hiddink leaving and Carlo Ancelotti probably coming in, I think he will struggle if we keep him.

My suggestion: Sell him (keep only if Hiddink continues).

Salomon Kalou

He is still young and has put up some impressive performances this term. He says that he has changed from a striker to an out-and-out winger. I couldn't agree more. He isn't a regular scorer but scores quite a few crucial goals. He has decent dribbling skills. In a year or two, he could become a regular. At the moment, he is a good backup option.

My suggestion: Keep him.

Ricardo Quaresma

Quaresma is on loan from Inter, and stories have emerged on him going to Benfica, where Scolari is going to take charge. Quaresma is fast, dribbles like Ronaldo, and always has a bagful of tricks. People say he struggles at top clubs, but has he gotten enough playing time for Inter and Chelsea? I don't think so.

In five appearances for Chelsea, he has impressed in the little time he got on the pitch. I think a front three of Joe Cole, Drogba, and Quaresma would be perfect.

My suggestion: Keep him (only sell if Hiddink and Malouda both stay).

Players Chelsea are targeting

Yuri Zhirkov

Hiddink has suggested Zhirkov to Roman Abramovich, and Ancelotti is also keen to buy him. He is a really good dribbler and can also play at left-back. He is tipped to replace Malouda on the left wing. He had been nominated for the Ballon d'Or award in October last year. His trickery and dribbling have earned him the nickname "the Russian Ronaldinho."

My suggestion: Don't buy yet unless any two out of Malouda, Kalou, or Quaresma leave.

Ashley Young

Some dazzling displays by Young at Aston Villa earned him a call-up to the England squad. He had 17 assists in the Premier League last year and got included in the Premier League team of the year. He is known for his speed, passing, and shooting.

He has won the PFA Young Player of the Year award this year. In recent times, Villa have struggled, and Young hasn't been at his best lately. Ancelotti is said to want to make Young his first Chelsea signing.

My suggestion: Don't buy.

P.S. This is only my opinion. But do feel free to tell me what you think.

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