Chelsea FC: 7 Players Chelsea Should Consider Buying
We all know that Abramovich can flash some cash, yet, compared with the other teams at the top of the table, Chelsea have not made much impact in the transfer window at all as of yet.
They do however, have a number of positions they should address this summer, and when doing so need to employ youth as they’ve become an old team in need of some rejuvenation.
The positions I believe they need are Right Back, Central Midfield, Ring Wing and Striker. The formation I’m associating Chelsea with is 4-3-3 given that Villa Boas used that throughout his tenure with Porto.
Here are seven players I believe would seriously help Chelsea’s title challenge this year.
Pepe (Real Madrid)
Chelsea needs a work horse to sit in front of the defence, especially after the injury to Michael Essien. Villa Boas needs a strong midfielder to win his side of the ball and lay it off to more creative players like Lampard.
When put in that position for Real Madrid, Pepe excelled. In their Champions League match against Barcelona, the notorious Barcelona attack was stopped until his red card in the 61st which was followed by two Lionel Messi Goals in the last 15 minutes.
The connection between Jose Mourinho and Villa-Boas also sides with this transfer becoming a reality, however the momentum behind this move lies with Real Madrid and their desire to keep him.
Gregory Van Der Wiel (Ajax)
The only viable option at Right Back in the Chelsea side at the moment is Bratislav Ivanovic. Others like Paulo Ferreira are not good enough for the Premier League elite, however, might get some games due to the Portuguese connection between him and Villa Boas.
Chelsea need youth at the Right Back position and in Van Der Wiel they have a great young fullback that could be a prominent feature. The 23 year old has made 23 appearances for World Cup Runners Up Holland, and his attacking style would fit well into the attacking 4-3-3 as a mirror of Ashley Cole on the left.
Luca Modric (Tottenham)
This is certainly the most talked about transfer in the press at the moment, certainly within the UK anyway. It seems clear that he wants to leave but what remains to be seen is whether Tottenham will give in and let him go.
Lampard is getting old, and there isn't really another player who could step up to take his place and provide that creative flair in the midfield that Chelsea desperately need. The 25 year old Croat would be ideal as that new playmaker in the Chelsea squad, his vision and creativity are what the Blues seriously lack at the moment.
Chelsea seem to have beaten off competition from Manchester United, so all that remains to be seen is how far Tottenham will stretch the cost.
João Moutinho (Porto)
If Tottenham manage to keep hold of Modric and Chelsea therefore have to explore other avenues, then 24 year old Moutinho would definitely be a great Plan B. Personally I believe this would be a better option that Modric even, as Villa Boas has a great connection with the Portuguese Playmaker and he has already been playing under his system for a year.
Since moving from Sporting Lisbon, where his career was on the downfall, to Porto, Moutinho has been labelled 'The Portuguese Xavi'. Under Villa Boas' 4-3-3 he really thrived, so should do the same at Chelsea. If his nickname is even half true, he could be a brilliant Chelsea player.
Alexis Sanchez (Udinese)
Perhaps the most sought after player amongst Europe's top clubs, Sanchez (22) is a very dynamic winger with huge potential. He really sparkled for Chile in the World Cup and has a suitor list that includes, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The need for a great right winger at Chelsea is paramount, and Sanchez would be a fantastic catch. However, looking at the competition for this signature, he might be an unrealistic target and the price Abramovich would have to fork out would be monumental.
In this writer's opinion, they are better off looking at other targets.
Marko Marin (Werder Bremen)
A target I believe would be more realistic is 22 year old Marko Marin. The youngster has been capped 16 times for Germany and is an equally exciting prospect on the right wing. At Werder Bremen he was effective in creating numerous assists, perhaps he could do the same with Chelsea and help Fernando Torres get some goals.
Chelsea have the striker position sorted with Drogba and Torres, and the Left Wing position with Malouda and Kalou but they need support on the right side. Anelka is another Chelsea player not getting any younger, and I do not believe he is good enough either. Marin would be a great fit here.
Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht)
Chelsea have long been linked with this young Belgian, as he seems to be the ideal replacement for Didier Drogba. However, a number of teams are standing up and paying attention to this huge potential talent so now is the time to sign him.
Continuing with the instalment of youth, at 18 Lukaku is a great signing in my eyes. At Anderlecht he's bagged 39 goals in 96 games, including a number of goals in European Competitions. Drogba is now 33 so Chelsea desperately need a young replacement, as Torres is not in the same mould, Lukaku is that man.
Another name mentioned in this position is Radamel Falcao (25) of Porto. Whilst this makes sense given his history with Villa Boas and obvious goalscoring talent, the price tag would be enormous as Porto won't want to lose any more of their prize assets, especially not to Chelsea.
If Chelsea were to make these targets under Villa Boas' 4-3-3 their best squad would most likely look like this:
Van Der Wiel David Luiz John Terry Ashley Cole
Frank Lampard Pepe Luca Modric/Joao Moutinho
Alexis Sanchez/Marko Marin Drogba/Torres/Lukaku Malouda
In my opinion this squad would be a force next season. What are other people's thoughts?