Chelsea Transfers targets
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 10, 2016
It’s no secret that Chelsea have been an extreme disappointment this season, due to various reasons I won’t go in to. However confidence was already low from fans going into the season, before the drastic fall down the table, due to the incredibly mediocre transfer window. Signings such as Papy Djilobodji, Michael Hector and Baba Rahman were hardly the type of players we were expecting to help build on our 2014/15 league dominance; two of those 3 players are currently on loan! Although Pedro seemed like a great coup for £22m he has struggled to find consistency. 20 year old Kenedy on the other hand seems like a great young player who has a bright future.
What’s clear is that we need a rebuild in the summer. I’m only going to mention three areas we need to improve in.
The creative players of the team are currently Willian and Fabregas – who as well as contributing massively to our play and being integral in build ups to our goals – have 66 and 39 key passes in the league respectively. However where we lack in creativity is the number 10 role, where Oscar plays. Oscar has been a key figure in our side since he signed in 2012, being one of the first names on our team sheet, but my criticism of him is he lacks any creativity or consistency. I feel this is an area we should improve on and use a playmaker rather than a ball winning (occasional) goalscorer. So my first target:
Miralem Pjanic – Roma
The Bosnian playmaker, known for his brilliant passing range and vision, is currently playing for in-form Serie A side Roma. He has notched up 9 assists (2nd best in the league) and 54 key passes (3rd best in the league). Pjanic has played a pivotal role in Roma’s impressive form which see them in a 7 match win streak. He primarily plays as a centre midfielder in a 4-3-3 but has been known to be used in the number 10/attacking midfield role with other managers.
Several reports in the UK and Italy are reporting contact has been made to Pjanic’s representatives to strike a deal and it’s also being reported he has a €31m buyout clause in his contract – which of course Chelsea could pay for. Potential new manager Antonio Conte sees him as primary target for Stamford Bridge and it’s fairly likely we could see the Roma star in London this summer, but we have to act fast as Manchester United and Real Madrid are also interested.
Secondly, I look to arguably our worst area in terms of depth: Strikers. We have Diego Costa, a fantastic, hard working and prolific machine who we can rely on to get us goals. However it’s obvious you can’t rely on just one striker throughout a season, especially when Costa is injury prone and susceptible to suspensions. So currently we have Remy as a back up; a fairly inconsistent player but is happy being second fiddle and is a good player to have as a back up but unfortunately he’s also injury prone. We also have Falcao who we’ve barely seen because he, too, is injury prone… We can’t have 2 back up strikers who spend two thirds of the season on the physio table it’s ridiculous. We need a striker as good as Diego Costa or slightly below him in quality to have a substantial and sustainable strike force. Here are my two targets:
Vincent Aboubakar – FC Porto
Initially a strange suggestion, but hear me out.
Aboubakar is a 24 year old Cameroonian striker playing for FC Porto since 2014. He currently has 16 goals in 35 games playing for the Portugese giants this season, netting every 166 minutes: not bad for – what would be – a backup player. While he hasn’t played in the most competitive of leagues, he certainly has developed an eye for goal playing in Portugal. He is a fairly regular starter for as Dragões and quite recently scored the winner in the “O Clássico” between Porto and Benfica. It’s believed a fee of €25m may be enough to strike a deal which could prove to be a great bargain.
My second target:
Mauro Icardi – Inter
An improvement on Aboubakar, Mauro Icardi is a prolific and renowned class striker, attracting attention from various clubs across Europe, most noticeably Manchester United.
The 23 year old is a key figure in Mancini’s Inter already scoring 12 league goals, the most in the Inter side with Jovetic quite a way off in second with 4 goals. It’s reported the Argentine is wanted by incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, on his long list of transfer targets. While Icardi would prefer first team football I’m sure a huge pay rise and a move to the Premier League would be a small price to pay for being a second choice striker behind a relatively injury prone player in Diego Costa, also perhaps competition in the side would improve Diego Costa’s performances?
Lastly, I looked to the left back position. In the summer we sold our incredibly talented left-back Filipe Luis for £10m back to Atletico Madrid after just one year where we initially bought him for £18m from the same club. While it was sad to see such a good player leave, it was completely understandable as we couldn’t offer him a key role in our team, having one of our best players in Cesar Azpilicueta at left back and “Mr Consistent” Branislav Ivanovic at right back where he registered five assists and scored four goals for that season; who would’ve predicted the downward spiral in form that the Serbian endured at the start of this season where annoyingly we needed Filipe Luis more than ever.
Also in the summer, we replaced Luis with FC Augsburg’s Baba Rahman for an initial £14m, rising to £22m. A questionable signing but good enough for rotation perhaps? Sadly not. While Baba has enjoyed a couple good games, most noticeably against our away fixture at Paris St-Germain, he has also endured more terrible performances that’s led to anger from the fans, attacking our board’s judgement on signing the young Ghanian. He’s quite out-of-favour with Guus Hiddink who has preferred winger Kenedy at left back on occasions. I think due to his age, lack of experience in a top league and the fact we just signed him we should loan Baba out to get some regular first team football and improve his ability.
Alex Sandro – Juventus
A slightly unrealistic signing as it’d be hard to convince Juventus to let go of their star defender, as was portrayed when Manchester City tried to sign him in January, but Alex Sandro is one of Europe’s top full backs but has struggled to break into The Old Lady‘s side following his €26million transfer from Porto at the start of the season. The Brazilian fullback is currently being used as a backup to veteran Patrice Evra and his lack of matches may persuade him into a move to London this summer.
The large transfer fee Juventus spent may mean we’d have to spend at least €32million to even tempt them to sell, but if our club and new manager is really serious about spending big to rebuild this mentally broken team then perhaps they’d consider it.
An alternative left back addition doesn’t necessarily have to be a new signing – we could just use Nathan Ake. I previously talked about Ake and how he’s getting on at Watford and I think he’s ready to play for Chelsea. The versatile 21 year old can also play centre back and defensive midfielder which is a great asset to have in a player, especially when it comes to fixture congestion and injuries where rotation is necessary. Azpilcueta and Ivanovic can continue being the full back partnership where with rotation Azpi can go to the right and Ake play on to the left.
// Liam, @Azpily