With Michael Essien out injured, Chelsea will be looking for a player who can fill his role in their squad.
Essien is a central defensive midfielder who will be hard to replace due to being one of the best at his position.
Here is a list of players that could be temporary or permanent answers if Chelsea wants to go in a different direction forward that does not have Essien in their plans.
Oriol Remeu is a U 20 spanish international who transferred to Chelsea earlier this month.
He has great ability on the ball and can hold defensive assignments and play hard when the team needs to bog down defensively.
Remeu is believed to have the ability to fill in for Essien during his absence, but his youth may not make him exactly the most ideal player as Chelsea are looking to win the English Premier League title and Champions League title.
Marouane Fellaini is a proven Premier League player.
After signing with Everton for the Blues record fee in 2008, Fellaini has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the league.
Everton’s lack of money has made them a club that many teams prey on for their players.
If Chelsea could take Fellaini away from Everton, he would be an ideal candidate to fill in for Michael Essien.
Jack Rodwell is another Everton defensive midfielder who could fill Essien’s place in the Chelsea squad.
He is young and full of potential which he displays when he gets chances with Everton and the English youth squads.
Rodwell’s potential, like Remeu, makes him an enticing player for Chelsea. Not only is he an Englishmen, but he is a player that could be in a club like Chelsea’s long run plans as they try to win trophies for years to come.
Yann M”Vila is a talented player from Ligue 1 and France.
With many quality players being able to make the leap from Ligue 1 to France, it is no wonder why many teams find great talent in the country.
M’Vila’s ability like many of the other candidates makes him a good choice, but the fact that M’Vila can jump into the squad and make an impact immediately and also be a long-term player for the squad makes him a great player to try to bring to Stamford Bridge.
Joao Moutinho is not the same type of player, but he is a central midfielder that Chelsea’s new boss Andre Villas-Boas knows very well because of coaching him at Porto.
Moutinho is a very versatile central midfielder that Villas-Boas has a lot of praise for and would love to have at Stamford Bridge.
Daniele De Rossi is a bull dog style of player. He is the type of player that makes his teammates excel around him because he does the dirty work on the pitch.
De Rossi has expressed his desire to leave Rome and England certainly is a league that would appreciate his work rate and toughness.
If Andre Villas-Boas could land the signature of the Italian international, he would be getting the signature of a player that is very much on the same level as Michael Essien.