6 Chelsea Players Who Should Be Sold in the Summer
Now that the Premier League season is over, big changes are expected at Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho continues his evolution of the squad he inherited when he returned to west London last year.
The Chelsea manager has spoken of signing just a couple of players this summer, stating that the Blues are not going to be the type of club splashing the cash on an avalanche of players, per Alex Kalinauckas of the Evening Standard.
Looking at the talent Mourinho has at his disposal, it’s a fair observation, with Chelsea more in need of minor surgery than a complete overhaul to ensure they improve on their third-place finish in the Premier League.
Outside of Mourinho’s preferred players, however, there are plenty who will be fearing for their future in west London.
So, who should depart Stamford Bridge? Bleacher Report highlights six players who should be sold by Chelsea this summer.
Chelsea had 28 players out on loan this season, of which, Marko Marin was one.
The German spent the season at Sevilla, and while his form improved significantly after a nightmare debut campaign with Chelsea in 2012-13, his days must surely be numbered.
Chelsea already have Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah available in the attacking midfield position Marin occupies, not to mention countless talented youngsters such as Lucas Piazon, Izzy Brown and Lewis Baker.
When he returns, Marin’s game time is going to be limited, with the cup competitions representing his best chance of first-team football. When opportunities such as that come along, it’s Chelsea’s youngsters who should be afforded the chance to not only impress but gain experience.
There is a major debate surrounding youth development in English football right now, with the idea floated of B teams playing in a potential League 3 to give more youngsters the chance to come through at the highest level.
As alternative, perhaps clubs should start looking at offloading players like Marin—players who do not start every week but as first-teamers block the route of up-and-coming talent from the academy.
John Obi Mikel
It’s eight years since John Obi Mikel first arrived in west London, and save for the odd moment of brilliance, his Chelsea career has been largely underwhelming.
Some will argue the fact he was signed as an attacking midfielder and transformed into his current mould, but it doesn’t hide the fact Mikel is not a player of the standard required to cut it at the highest level in the Premier League.
Signing Nemanja Matic in January has more than proved that point.
As is the case elsewhere on the pitch, with so many talented youngsters available in Mikel’s defensive midfield role, the Blues should look to promote from within and allow Mikel to leave.
He’s had his chance and failed. Now is the time for another player to be given the same opportunities.
An upturn in form as the 2013-14 Premier League campaign reached its climax shouldn’t detract from what has been a poor season for Demba Ba.
His opportunities have been limited, yet when given the chance to impress, he rarely has under Mourinho.
It’s been the story of his Chelsea career, too.
From scoring 13 goals for Newcastle United in the first half of 2012-13, his move to the Blues that same season saw him find the back of the net just six times in 22 appearances.
With all the talk of Chelsea needing to add a goalscoring striker, a player capable of hitting 25 goals or more in a season, it’s clear Ba isn’t capable of scaling such heights.
It’s best the Blues cash in now and free up space in their squad for a more talented player.
Another fringe player who is competent at best, Oriol Romeu isn’t what Chelsea need in midfield.
Coming through the Barcelona youth system, when the club allowed him to leave for Chelsea in the summer of 2011, the writing was on the wall.
It’s rare Barca allow talented youngsters to leave, and Romeu’s development in the three years since demonstrates the wisdom in their decision.
With Nathan Ake and Ruben Loftus-Cheek knocking on the door for opportunities, Romeu’s presence is only going to act as another obstacle to the first team.
He’s not so talented that Chelsea cannot do without him.
Victor Moses is another of those 28 Chelsea players who spent the season on loan.
The former Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic winger joined Liverpool last August and must have regretted his decision, with him playing just as much football at Anfield as he would have been expected to at Chelsea.
It was a frustrating season for the Nigerian, and it highlighted the fact he isn’t cut out for the Premier League’s top four.
His loan move was supposed to give him opportunities, yet he spent most of the year as a spectator.
If he cannot force his way into the Liverpool line-up, how can he be expected to do the same at Chelsea, a club that regards itself as more superior?
Moses is a player of Premier League talent, just not to the standard Chelsea require.
While Chelsea’s strikers struggled, the young Belgian went on to score 16 goals in all competitions for the Toffees, building on his impressive year with West Bromwich Albion in 2012-13.
But is he going to be afforded the same opportunities at Chelsea? With the signing of Diego Costa appearing imminent, per Dominic Fifield of The Guardian, it’s unlikely.
They are similar players, with Costa's experience and form this season ensuring he's the far superior player—the finished article Chelsea need.
Lukaku's form has peaked at various stages of the season, dropping at others, which is to be expected with a player of his age.
He is clearly a man with big ambition, so he isn't going to accept playing the role of back-up to Costa or any other striker at Stamford Bridge, either, regardless of their status.
Add it all together, and it's a recipe for trouble—something Mourinho and Chelsea do not need.
Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes