As the aging bones of Chelsea legends are nearing their inevitable end, as the rotting bones of lucrative, unused players are stacked in Stamford Bridge's terraces, the time has come for the Blues to shed dead weight—or at the very least think forward.
Jose Mourinho is tasked with revamping the Chelsea team he began construction on in 2004. His four-year contract will be 25 percent complete in June and much progress has been made, but there is still work to be done.
Michael Essien, Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata have left, with Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic brought in. These transactions show the squad profile Mourinho is attempting to create: One with power, pace and adaptability.
Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Mark Schwarzer, Henrique Hilario and Samuel Eto'o are all out of contract in June. You would expect Terry and Lampard to be offered new deals, but their returns to Stamford Bridge are far from a sure thing.
With that being the case, the summer of 2014 is an opportune time for Chelsea to acquire a new wave of talent whose legs aren't as weary and wages aren't as steep.