Chelsea: Five Center-Backs the Blues Should Target in January

Stefan GouyetAnalyst INovember 14, 2011

Chelsea: Five Center-Backs the Blues Should Target in January

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    Chelsea certainly haven't been at their best in recent weeks.

    Just last month, it looked like everything was going perfectly for Chelsea following a 5-0 win against Genk on October 19th.

    The following match against Queens Park Rangers wasn't considered a terrible loss as Chelsea displayed character in the face of poor refereeing.

    However, one loss turned into two as Chelsea were humiliated at home by Arsenal in a 5-3 scoreline.

    Then the Blues tied at Genk.

    It can be said that the whole Chelsea team have been playing badly, but the reality is that the defense is the major issue. 

    Here's a list of five center-backs that the Blues should target in January.

Diego Godin

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    Age: 25

    Nationality: Uruguayan 

    Current Team: Atletico Madrid

    Diego Godin was originally linked to Chelsea at the end of 2010, but these rumors ended with the transfer of David Luiz. Last month, however, several sources reported that the Blues were again interested in the 25-year-old.

    Godin featured in five of Uruguay's seven World Cup matches last year and also played a part in their Copa America success this year.

    The Atletico Madrid man displays great physical strength and would be a great purchase for Chelsea in January.

Simon Kjær

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    Age: 22

    Nationality: Danish

    Current Team: Wolfsburg (on loan at Roma)

    Simon Kjær had a great three seasons at Palermo before making a £10 million move to Wolfsburg. At that time, Kjær had been linked with many of Europe's top clubs, including Manchester United and Juventus.

    Many viewed the defender's decision to move to Wolfsburg as bizarre as he had the chance to join a bigger club. Now, a year later, even Kjær will regret making the decision.

    The 22-year-old started most games for Wolfsburg in the 2010/2011 Bundesliga but still had a fairly poor year as Wolfsburg finished 15th in the league. 

    Now, Kjær is on loan at Roma, with the Italians having the option of making the move permanent next summer. 

    I think it would be in Chelsea's best interests to sign the Danish international. Despite his poor showings at Wolfsburg, Kjær is a great center-back and will only get better in the future.

Neven Subotic

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    Age: 22

    Nationality: Serbian

    Current Team: Borussia Dortmund

    One of the main reasons Borussia Dortmund have been so good in the past year is due to the emergence of Neven Subotic. The Serbian international, at 6'4'' and 194 pounds, is outstanding in the air and makes superb tackles.

    Dortmund conceded just 22 league goals last season, an indicator of just how good Subotic is.

Mats Hummels

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    Age: 22

    Nationality: German

    Current Team: Borussia Dortmund

    You can't congratulate Subotic without mentioning Mats Hummels. It was the partnership of the duo that made Dortmund practically unbeatable last year.

    Hummels, like Subotic, is just 22 years old, but has already established himself as a starter for Dortmund and a valuable player for Germany. 

    Subotic and Hummels are similar players; they are powerful in the air and can read the game well. However, Hummels offers more attacking threat, something that Chelsea would like.

Gary Cahill

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    Age: 25

    Nationality: English

    Current Team: Bolton Wanderers

    Gary Cahill has been linked to so many teams in the past year that it's impossible to predict where he'll end up. But there are an increasing number of rumors that show Stamford Bridge as his winter destination.

    Cahill and John Terry are the "starting" (not too clear who will start at the Euro though) center-backs for the English national team and many fans want to see the pair combine at Chelsea. Cahill has been praised tremendously in recent seasons and would be a great addition to the Blues' lineup.

    I think it would be wise for Cahill to force a transfer this winter as Bolton haven't played well this season.

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