Chelsea has been a mystery this year. When set up defensively, the Blues look unable to go out and score goals. However, when Mourinho’s 4-3-3 is implemented, the Stamford side seems incapable of defending. In fact in the last 4 games against bottom half opponents, Chelsea has allowed 8 goals, and that includes a shutout against West Ham. The absence of Oscar in the middle of the pitch seems to have damaged the Blues defensive mindset. However, the Blues have scored 14 goals in the last five despite only scoring 16 goals in the first 10. Certainly the level of the opponent has something to do with the Chelsea scoring frenzy, but that doesn’t negate the need for some change in London.
No Chelsea fans Wayne Rooney will not supply that change. The injury to Robin Van Persie has made Rooney’s importance to Moyes much more noticeable. In fact, Rooney seems to be one of the few Manchester United players not for sale this January and certainly not to Chelsea.
Pogba is a name that should be on the lips of every Blues fan. The former Manchester United player is currently the lynch pin for Juventus. His ability not only to defend, but to link the midfield to attacking players is something the Blues desire in Mourinho’s 4-3-3. The only issue is the Guinean turned Frenchman just inked a new long team with the Italian giants. Xabi Alonso would be another good fit in the middle of the park for Chelsea. His upside is similar to Pogba’s but the Real Madrid man posses a lot more experience than his younger counterpart. His biggest upside though is that there are rumors the Spaniard is no longer happy at the Bernabeau and is looking for a larger contract. Something that Roman may be happy to supply.
Despite Falcao recently moving to Monaco, he seems to be looking for a way out. The French League side has been linked with a move for Argentine Angel di Maria, which could convince the Columbian striker to stay. However, he has expressed interest in playing for Mourinho at Chelsea. His addition to the squad could help the West London side score goals consistently in the final third. While Eto’o and Torres have both contributed to the cause, the need for someone to put consistent pressure on opponents back lines still exists.
Mourinho also made an interesting comment about the Champions League Round of 16 draw. The Portuguese boss said he hoped for a draw against Turkish Champions Galatasaray. He wants former Blues striker, Drogba, to see how much he is still appreciated in London. If you’ve ever seen a Mourinho press conference you know he doesn’t say anything without a purpose. Could the Special One be calling the Stamford King back home? Possibly, but it would take a healthy sum to pull Drogba away from the Turkish giants.
There are some players that seem poised to leave Chelsea in search of more playing time. Depth in a squad is great, but when fringe players are trying to impress national coaches in a World Cup year, playing time is important. Kevin De Bruyne is most likely is on his way out on another loan spell, possibly to Wolfsburg. Demba Ba also doesn’t seem content with his third place on the depth chart, even with the recent Champions League time. David Luiz, who can’t buy a game, seems to be on Barcelona’s wish list as they search for someone to fill Carlos Puyol’s shoes. Finally, 2-time defending Chelsea Player of the Year Juan Mata has never had Mourinho’s favor. The Spaniard has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool or United, however a move outside the country would be more likely. Paris St. Germain has certainly expressed an interest, and Mata would receive valuable 1st team time for the French Giants.
January could prove to be a busy time at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea most certainly has the money to make some moves this winter. Mourinho won’t spend just to spend though. Chelsea have one of the deepest squads in Europe and lack a need for a complete overhaul. However, Chelsea do have needs. A big signing for a midfielder who isn’t a small quick technical magician would help Chelsea immensely. Additionally, Chelsea are still looking for the number 9 that will lead them to glory and a big signing of sentimental favorite or a terrifying Colombian would certainly do the trick.