So lately with all the talk of our form slump and what not, a lot of people have pointed out that we're in a 'transitional period', and we shouldn't expect the team to be able to compete as well as they would have in past seasons. Others, however, have been quick to counter this, pointing out that, with the money we've splashed and the squad we have at hand, we have a good enough team to win such trophies. But do we?
- We have two strikers, one who prefers a supporting role and has been injured for 95% of the season, and another who wouldn't be good enough for Reading.
- Our captain and main CB has been injured/suspended for most of the season, leaving us with only 3 options at centreback (one being out of position), two of whom lack pace, and another who tends to have brain freezes at the worst of times.
- Our left back is declining, and his backup is not yet at a level high enough for Chelsea.
- We have only one proper winger, in a formation which tends to use two.
- Of our four midfielders, one of them is inexperienced (and out for the rest of the season), two others are out of position, and the other is ineffective unless next to a very high level player.
- Our attacking midfield options, while full of talent, are inexperienced, and cannot be relied on in the dying moments. They also lack chemistry, and are fatigued due to a poor rotation policy.
- We have 25 (give or take) players out on loan.
- While we spent a very huge amount in the off-season, more than 70% of the 80 million pounds was spent on two 21 year olds.