We have Hazard in the bag, a Hulk on the way. Two skilful Spaniards, a solid anchor. Got two young, talented center backs, Ashley Cole and a Great Wall of Cech but two glaring weaknesses is the 2nd defensive mid, and the right back. Whether you want Ivanovic to start or not isn't a talking point, fact with that is, we only have Ivanovic for a quality right back. That leaves the 2nd defensive mid position, the man on the pivot with Mikel.
Lampard is learning the trade of the deep laying play-maker. I actually like him in that position more so than the advanced role he used to have. But simple fact is, he is not a extraordinary play-maker from the deep position. A dictator of play but the tempo he instills is rather, well, moderately-slow. While, I would not call him a Xabi Alonso, or Xavi Hernandez. Which is why Luka Modric is constantly mentioned to us, yet he, isn't exactly solid defensively.
That leaves the problem of solid defense but lack of passing, or passing ability but weakened defense. Which leads me to the man in the topic title.
We have recently become connected to Moussa Dembele. The Belgian, Fulham midfielder. He has the athleticism to play anywhere in front of defense, but he's a midfielder, and is even solid defensively but let's take a look at the player's tendencies.
Here is his positioning against Chelsea, in the later portion of the season with Fulham. Where he lined up as a second striker, sitting behind Clint Dempsey, yet still he dropped back, rather deep. Even though, in this game, we hardly applied pressure. (in this game we launched the ball sky high and constantly lost possession because of it.)
Another, against Tottenham at the end of the season. He lined up as a second striker once again but behind Pavel Pogrebnyak. Where once again, he could be seen rather deep in midfield play.
I did not watch the Spurs-Fulham game. I was likely watching Chelsea, like a normal Chelsea fan. But you could make from it that either Fulham couldn't muster an attack at all, what-so-ever. Or once again, Dembele dropped deep to create from there.
I can state the obvious, list the strengths but I am sure we know he is class(or well, you should now, after watching England-Belgium; where he lined up deep midfield). So instead, I would rather ask, could Moussa Dembele be the deep laying play-maker we need for our rather, potentially, offensive team lineup for next season? While at(what is reported; likely will go higher) £10M, could be a potential steal.
Not to mention. Doesn't his name seem familiar? .... Dembele.... ele? ....Makelele? /heskeyface.