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Chelsea FC: 5 Players the Blues Could Sign to Lighten Juan Mata's Load
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Juan Mata is turning out to be not only Chelsea's best acquisition in a long time, but also one of the best overall transfers of the summer.

The Spanish international was signed in late August during this year's summer transfer window from La Liga side Valencia and is proving to be a top quality player more and more every time his boots touch the pitch.

Blues fans like myself were ecstatic when he was signed, hoping he could add some creativity and excitement to the usually dull and lackluster Blues playing, as well as the "flair" that André Villas-Boas promised when he was installed at CFC's new manager in June. But most of us realized that his transformation into the new and tougher Premier League might be a gradual one and that it could take several months, if not an entire season, for him to adjust, as it has for other players.

Well all those fears have been put to rest. Just two months into the new campaign and Mata has adjusted seamlessly into the Premier League. So much so that an uninformed person might think he'd been plying his skills in this notoriously tough and physical league for years.

The danger in this, however, is that Mata is essentially one of the only players in this Blues side that offers a significant amount of creativity to their style of play, meaning that if he's ever injured or suspended, we're right back to square one. If he does stay fit and healthy, he'll be playing every single game and will be at a constant risk for injury, progressively becoming more and more worn out.

As a result of this, I believe André Villas-Boas and the club will make finding another creative player to lighten Mata's load a chief priority in the winter transfer window.

Here are five players they could go after...

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