Chelsea FC: Major Summer Reshuffle Needed at Stamford Bridge

Will J BakerCorrespondent IIIApril 15, 2011

BILBAO, SPAIN - APRIL 09:  Kaka (R) of Real Madrid goes for the ball against Juan Martinez of Athletic Bilbao during the La Liga match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid at San Mames Stadium on April 9, 2011 in Bilbao, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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After Chelsea's disappointing showing in their Champions League quarterfinal tie with Manchester United, it looks as if Chelsea will endure their first season without a trophy since the days of Avram Grant.

With Carlo Ancelotti's job hanging by a thread, it is clear that Chelsea have serious problems. Anelka and Kalou were abysmal against United and Torres has still not found his feet in West London.

Drogba was by far Chelsea's brightest spark and provided the only attacking threat in the second half, but he has still not shown that he can coexist with Torres. Despite the loyal service that Drogba has provided over the years, he will have to make way for the multi-million pound Spaniard if the partnership continues to disappoint.

Chelsea lacked ideas and effort in attack with Malouda and Anelka dropping too deep, leaving Torres without support. It is a terrible tactical decision on the part of Ancelotti to leave Torres, a player lacking confidence and goals, up front, effectively on his own, against Ferdinand and Vidic.

But while Chelsea struggle to find the net, Daniel Sturridge, who was loaned out to Bolton, cannot stop scoring. But instead of giving him a run in the first team, Chelsea loan him out to another Premier League club just as they have done with youngsters in the past.

Sturridge has shown real promise but the chances of him making the grade at Chelsea are slim based on what has happened to the likes of Scott Sinclair and Franco Di Santo. They are loaned out year after year and then they are sold.

Chelsea have produced some decent youngsters in the Abramovich era but the club remains poor at establishing these players as first-team regulars in the way Arsenal and Manchester United have done with the likes of Jack Wilshere and Chris Smalling.

This is because Wenger and Ferguson have been given long-term contracts and are assured of their future. They can afford to experiment with youth and not worry about the sack if results do not go their way.

The amount of managers that Abramovich has gone through in his time at Chelsea speaks volumes about the job security in place at the Bridge.

This is why Abramovich needs to invest in a long-term manager who can build a dynasty in the same way Ferguson has done at Old Trafford.

That man could and should have been Mourinho but that ship has sailed. Chelsea need a young manager who is confident that his job is safe and has the respect of the fans and the players.

A man who would have the instant respect of everyone involved at the club would be Gianfranco Zola, who was voted the greatest player in Chelsea history.

Unfairly treated in his first managerial position at West Ham, Zola would be the ideal long-term investment for the club. He has shown that he is a capable manager and, given Abramovich's millions, anything would be possible.

It is unlikely that Ancelotti will last another season and some of his recent tactical decisions have left something to be desired. It remains unclear who the Italian's replacement will be, with a speculated Mourinho return circulating in the rumor mill, but whoever succeeds Ancelotti needs to rebuild.

Torres and Drogba have had trouble connecting and El Niño needs someone who he trusts playing alongside him.

The ideal signing would be Sergio Aguero who has partnered with Torres before at Athletico Madrid and has shown for some time now that he is deserving of a big-money move.

The young Brazilians Luiz and Ramires have already shown their class and the trio would be complete if Abramovich splashes the cash on Neymar, the Santos wonderkid.

Chelsea have lacked creativity all season and the signing of Kaka would solve all of those problems. He has struggled with injuries at the Bernabeu, but he is still a world-class player. If Madrid move for Fabregas in the summer then Kaka could be available at a reduced price.

Whatever happens, Chelsea need to start afresh with young talent gradually taking the place of the old favourites.