Chelsea already look like the team to beat in this year’s Premier League title race. On paper, the team looks the strongest both in depth and balance. But how far away is this Chelsea team from dominating?
In my opinion, not too far away. My belief is Chelsea are only three players shy of dominating both domestically and in Europe for the next few years.
Looking at the current crop of players, you would be hard-pressed to find a weakness. The midfield on paper is one of the best in Europe at the moment and their defence is statistically already the best in Europe.
Chelsea do however have a few weak spots. The No. 10 spot, currently occupied by Oscar, is an area Chelsea could be vulnerable. For me, Oscar is not performing to his full potential, perhaps this is due to playing a few too many games over the past two seasons.
Defensively Chelsea are solid, but they lack the strength in depth they currently have in midfield. There is also a question mark over John Terry’s long-term future at the club, due to his age (34). For me, the inexperienced Kurt Zouma, at just 19, is not a sufficient substitute.
Despite the arrival of both Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, Chelsea still lack the depth required to challenge on multiple fronts, with Fernando Torres’ departure to AC Milan imminent, this is an area the Blues must strengthen before the transfer window closes.
To address the weaknesses I believe Chelsea need to sign a physical midfielder. Paul Pogba from Juventus or someone of that calibre to play alongside Nemanja Matić, would be perfect. The 21-year-old is more than attainable for the right price.
I would then push Cesc Fabregas into the No.10 role. He is naturally attacking-minded and I believe this would be his best position.
Chelsea should also look at landing a centre-back, Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmond would be a fantastic acquisition for the club and provide cover for John Terry or Gary Cahill with a bright outlook of his own in the not to distant future.
Finally the striker position, Mattia Destro of AS Roma would be a good choice, at the age of 23 he is pretty experienced and would be a fantastic acquisition if a deal could be made.
The path could be paved for the arrival of these three players by offloading Fernando Torres, John Obi Mikel and Marko Marin who are not up to scratch in my opinion and appear to be surplus to requirements anyway.
If Chelsea are really serious about building a team to dominate football, these are the changes they must make.