Chelsea FC Transfer Rumours: 5 Players with a Reduced Role in 2011-12

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Chelsea FC Transfer Rumours:  5 Players with a Reduced Role in 2011-12
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Chelsea Football Club enters the Andre Villas-Boas era amidst a climate of change.  Last season was a trophy-less season for Chelsea and after a hot start, Chelsea fell into a tailspin as the team's schedule became more demanding during November and December.  The team looked tired, punchless and perhaps old.  

Roman Abramovich brought in Villas-Boas after his prolific season at FC Porto and seems willing to give the young Portuguese coach freedom in personnel moves that no Chelsea coach has enjoyed since Jose Mourinho.  

Thus, as Villas-Boas looks to build his squad for the 2011-12 season and beyond, many regular starters from Chelsea's recent roster will see their roles reduced, either through limited playing time or an outright sale from the club.  

With that in mind, here are 5 players who will have a reduced role for the Stamford Bridge-side this upcoming season.

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