It's time for round two of my forecast into the future of Chelsea's squad. Format stays the same as the last time, I'll give my take on what needs to be done and then what I think AVB will do. Now let's take a look into the future of the Chelsea Midfield.
The holding midfield position could be argued as Chelsea's strongest. Mikel is a efficient and defensively superb option at a mere 24 years old while Romeu is a amazingly gifted youth option. So what needs changing here? Not much. With Ramires and Meireles both capable of playing holding the position has great depth. The only event that would spark a move would probably be Barcelona's realizing Romeu potential and taking him back to compete with Sergio Busquets. That being said, one would have to figure Chelsea worked a stipulation in to buy him permanently for a figure higher than Barcelona's buyback price. If Romeu does go, the top prospect is Yann M'Vila. The young destroyer plays for Rennes in France and would probably cost around 20-25 million. However, all things considered, we shouldn't expect more acquisitions in the holding midfield position.
Now we move on to the Midfielders that sit in front of the holding mid. This position is far more tricky to predict going foreword. To be honest, It is largely pinned down on how long Frank Lampard will continue to perform at a high level. He's proved so far this year to still have the unbelievable scoring touch that we all know and love. But how long will he have that touch? That's why I think we need another midfielder. Ramires is a lock for the future but he needs a play maker by his side for him to truly play his game. Potential targets are scattered throughout Europe and England of players who will fill this role. One appealing would be a purchase of Ross Barkley from Everton. The thought of having England's future midfield (Josh and Barkley) is downright scrumptious. However Barkley would come at a premium for a player who's made a couple a impressive appearances for Everton. A more complete prospect that would sell for the same would be Christian Eriksen. He currently provides the creative spark in the Ajax midfield. For me, he provides the most value. Josh Mceachran has tremendous talent but I feel we need another young midfielder to compliment him. Does AVB see it the same way? That's where it gets tough. He just splashed 12 million on Raul Meireles, and with Essien coming back in january, it seems unlikely will see a new midfielder in the winter transfer window. That could change of course with Abramovich deciding to pull some strings from up in his Russian mansion. Overall, A move in the summer is the best bet.
The creativity need in the Chelsea midfield has been well documented, this requires a player who can unlock a defense with a single pass like David Silva. The Chelsea hierarchy recognizes this too, which explains why Javier Pastore nearly became a Chelsea player this summer. Hopefully we can find a player to fit this need through the transfer market. if it means spending over 25 million, so be it.