Jose Mourinho has revealed he is writing a dossier for his employers at Chelsea recommending which players should stay and which should leave this summer.
The dossier will be on the desk of those who run the club this coming Monday, as reported by Get West London—but what should he tell Roman Abramovich?
Most questions have revolved around the future of the club's three English mainstays—John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.
All three are out of contract this summer, and with Mourinho confirming Lampard and Terry are unlikely to play at Cardiff tomorrow, as also reported by Get West London, there is a real possibility supporters may have seen them for the last time.
Mourinho has been clear he wants all three to stay but are they still up to it at this level?
In the case of John Terry, that is an easy question to answer.
He has had a great season and, despite missing out on the PFA team of the year to worthy inclusions Gary Cahill and Vincent Kompany, most would put him in the same class.
Terry's resilience and leadership contribute a huge amount to what makes Chelsea a success. Mourinho should recommend he stays, and there seems little doubt that he will be a Chelsea player next season.
The case for keeping Lampard and Cole seems less clear.
By his standards, Lampard has not had a great season—often looking off the pace, and with a growing incidence of the sort of rash challenges that often characterise a once great player when time draws on (see: Paul Scholes).
His tally of five Premier League goals is poor in the context of his career—though, lest we forget, it is one more than Chelsea's supposed first-choice striker.
But Lampard still demonstrates from time to time that he has something to give. Partly, this comes in the form of his influence and knowledge, but he also often puts in an on-pitch shift that shows ability and obvious experience.
When Abramovich thumbs through the report, I'd like to see a recommendation that Lampard is given another one-year extension, with his objectives including a stipulation he progresses toward getting his UEFA coaching badges.
Cole, meanwhile, has been even more out in the cold.
He has largely been a forgotten man since Cesar Azpilicueta seized his berth and tears during the parade lap of Stamford Bridge following the 0-0 draw with Norwich suggest he knows his future lies elsewhere.
But from time to time, as in the 0-2 win over Liverpool at Anfield, he has shown far more than mere flickers of the world-class player he so recently was.
Sadly, though, I think Cole has passed a stage that comes to many great defenders—the moment where his legs have just gone.
And, with a heavy heart, I think it is time for the Chelsea boss to recommend he moves on.
Mourinho's says his report will also make recommendations on the future of Chelsea's on-loan stars.
The two huge Belgians, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois, have been the talk of fans this season as much as any players actually in the squad.
I'd like to see Courtois come back to duke it out with Petr Cech for the No. 1 shirt.
But I think Lukaku, though possessing great promise, simply does not have enough to justify his desire to be the first-choice striker.
After a season where he has somewhat impressed at Everton, now may be the time to cash in and reinvest.
These are the big issues, but what about the footnotes of Mourinho's report?
John Mikel Obi—professional, hard-working, utilitarian—to stay.
Ramires—flaky, rash, unpredictable—to go.
Branislav Ivanovic—versatile, tough, passionate—in.
David Luiz—lackadaisical, careless, casual—out.
This is what I hope to see from Mourinho.
The report should make fascinating reading—not that any of us will ever get a chance to see it.
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