Chelsea may have scraped four points out of six from their opening Premier League games, but new boss Andre Villas-Boas will be far from enthralled by his team’s performances thus far.
The Blues look a shadow of the team that won the 2009-2010 campaign and that started last season by scoring 12 goals in their opening two games.
Fernando Torres has looked sharp up front, but the striker has found himself having to collect the ball from deep before running into a congested penalty box. All too often, the Spaniard has found himself deprived of opportunities. When he creates one, there is no attacking support.
Despite the dreary start, Chelsea does have a good squad.
The problem is that their midfield seems to have lost the willingness to come forward and attack.
Frank Lampard in particular has found himself guilty of playing behind the ball too often, rather than running forward and making himself an attacking target.
If Chelsea wants to be considered a title contender this season, the club needs to bring in at least two new additions to their midfield within the next seven days. Failure to do so will leave them lingering behind the two Manchester clubs.
Both midfields in Manchester have to be regarded as two of the finest in world football.
Of course, even a club such as Chelsea cannot sign every player that they cast their gaze upon.
The Stamford Bridge outfit has already lost out on the services of Javier Pastore, and it seems more likely than not that they will miss out on Tottenham’s Luka Modric.
This is a list of seven players whom Chelsea have been linked with this summer, and whose services they have a realistic chance of gaining.