With a new manager and new team of backroom staff finally in place, Chelsea Football Club on July 6th, began with preseason preparations at Cobham.
Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas has said there is no rush to move in the transfer market, as he wants to assess the current Chelsea squad before adding any new faces. That is the sensible way to go about, even when it is known that major reinforcements are required in certain positions.
One such position is the center of midfield, where many believe the West Londoners are missing a creative influence. Last season served as evidence of this, particularly in matches where the Blues would find themselves trailing by one goal early on.
No doubt what was missing was someone with a wide range of passing and ability to unlock defenses. Someone who could produce a moment of magic from the middle of the pitch, be it a spectacular volley or a beautifully threaded through ball for the strikers to finish off.
Unfortunately, the current Chelsea midfield lacks a quality playmaker. It would be fair to say that Josh McEachran, who has displayed exceptional ability on the ball, at 18 years of age, is still too young to take the responsibility of creativity on his shoulders alone.
Villas-Boas' priority in this summer transfer window thus has to be signing a player who is capable of pulling the strings in midfield for his team, someone who can bring the best out of £50 million man Fernando Torres.
Here are the options the Chelsea gaffer has.