I want this squad for the next season:
GK: Thibaut, Begovic (HG), Blackman (HG)
Def: Zouma, Andreas (HG), Azpi, Ake (HG), Baba, Benatia/Aymen Abdennour/Bonnuci, Ivanovic, Jake-Clarke Salter
Mid: Matic, Radja, RLC, Baker, Pasalic, Kante/Gundogan/Ruben Neves.
Forwards : Costa, Traore, Hazard, Willian, Kenedy, Musonda
For the past 6 years, we have been in transition. We have no identity, we have no stability, we have no youth players coming through the ranks, now we have no european football. Despite continously putting in 100million pounds every year ( £475,959,000 in the last 5 years) yet we have been going from bad to worse. in 2007 and 2008 we were one of the best teams in the world and again, despite continously putting in millions of pounds, we are now not only out of the list of elite clubs but also out of the elite competition. I think its safe to say that we need a change. We need a change of approach, of mentality, of attitude.
So how do we do it? We are not in CL next season, have a new manager and yet we are looking to make a system around a 29 year old CM who runs like a 50 year old. No idea whats going to happen to him when he gets 30 in a year. I am sorry but what have we learned from the past then? Lets leave aside the fact that can cesc actually play the "pirlo role", is a player so hopelessly unathletic at the prime age of his career, playing as a CM which requires a lot of legs and running around, is he the best player to make a system around him. If not then I think he simply is not a player to keep around if the system is not built around him. Cesc, Oscar, Pedro, Cuadrado, Mikel,Cahill all need to leave. Pato and Falcao were pathetic loans that just shows the club's real ambition. Hector, Papy were some of the other buys that were baffling to say the least.
Personally, I will be willing to have no PL for 3 years if it means we can get some identity. Build the system around the likes of RLC, Radja, Hazard, Zouma, Andreas, Tibo. Come ON CHELSEA!!!