OK here's the sixth of the positional break downs, I have altered the content a bit on this one, again it takes it's basis from 'Chelsea: The Transfer Market Story 2013 and beyond' .
Mazacar - Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar, the weapons that have allowed results like the 8-0 drubbing of Aston Villa, they will form the backbone of our attacking prowess for many years to come, playing across the front third, these dynamic attackers have shown some brilliant form this season, realistically one might say that they're all the attacking power the club needs, save for some new strikers to finish things off. I believe however that there is still room for more when it comes to the Mazacar, and I will illustrate this below.
First of all, we're not getting everything we could out of our current 'extra-Mazacar' attacking mids/wingers/trequartistas/secondary strikers - Victor Moses, Marko Marin (where the hell is Marin!?!? would somebody please tell me), Lucas Piazon (hopefully the loan spell at Malaga will do him well), Florent Malouda (I know he's on the way out, but that doesn't mean he couldn't still see some action) and Yossi Benayoun (might stay given his history with FSW, never really had his chance under Ancelotti due to injuries). In the youth ranks we've got Islam Feruz (we can all see his class and future with the club), Lewis Baker (same as Feruz), Jeremie Boga (has been less dynamic recently when compared with the start of the season...but still a very good prospect), Joao Rodriguez, Victorien Angban (both of whom have the potential to play for Chelsea but are a bit behind Feruz, Baker and Boga), Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Charlie Colkett, Conor Hunte, John Swift, Charly Musonda (not necessarily any of their best positions - but as I've noted previously I see bright things for Loftus-Cheek, Swifft, Colkett, Hunte and Musonda at the club). I see less opportunities for Tom Howard, George Cole, Reece James Loudon, Ismael Seremba and Amin Affane. On loan we have Kevin de Bruyne who is going excellently in the Bundesliga, Gael Kakuta, who is going less well for Vitesse, but still has promise, Thorgan Hazard who is also going well for Zulte Waregem and Ulises Davila who is impressing at Spanish 2nd Division side Sabadell, realistically I can see Thorgan Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne playing for Chelsea - that probably isn't true of Kakuta or Davila (a shame I'm a big fan of Davila's too).
Before getting into new players to analyse - there are a number who could do the job out of the previous list; box-to-box midfielders equally adept in attack as defence, wingbacks who can sprint down field, destroyers with thundering boots who can shoot and liberos who can direct play whilst in the opposition third. First off there's the Toulouse duo Moussa Sissoko and Etienne Capoue, I'm a big fan of both of these lads, big, strong, fast, both have a good stamina, though Sissoko probably wins in that department, both are good on the ball, though Capoue probably wins in that department. They'd certainly add the requisite muscle and they'd also be good at getting the ball going forward and could handle the high intensity of playing in the Premier League.They both seem available and relatively cheap, as box-to-box 90 minute weapons I can't think of many better.
This is also true of Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio who represent polished versions of Sissoko and Capoue's uncut gems. This of course means that Juventus are likely to be unwilling to part with them, and if they are to leave Turin, they will be very expensive. Add Kwadwo Asamoah and Paul Pogba (both of whom are traditionally far more attacking players than Vidal and Marchisio and both have previously been linked with moves to Chelsea - and they're younger too) from Juventus and you get a midfield that's all real tyros, very much Chelsea of old actually (Essien, Ballack, Mikel etc).
From our favoured talent repository, Brazil, there are a number of good options. Fernando Lucas (20) ofGremio, Felipe Anderson (19) of Santos and Paulinho (24) of Corinthians represent the key Brazil based options. Fernando Lucas and Felipe Anderson are both huge talents, with Brazil age representation andshould be considered for long term roles, but are both a bit young and inexperienced at this stage to mix it at the highest level. Paulinho would be ideal, again he's big, strong and fast and we saw his ability at the Club World Cup - competition from the Milanese clubs and Man City is the big hurdle. Fernando is generally considered a more defensive player, though having seen him in Gremio's midfield I would question that assumption. In Europe the talented Brazilian options are Fernandinho (27), Rômulo Borges (22) and Giuliano(22). We all saw Fernandinho's abilities for Shaktar, he's looking for a move westwards and though he'stweeted about playing in Manchester, a move further south would be good, he bring experience anddetermination. Rômulo and Giuliano are both regular (well over the past 6 months or so) starters for the Brazilian national team and are performing comfortably in their current competitions, the EPL and Chelsea would help them further their careers and would provide us with intelligent, young liberos.
The man I've yet to mention is Everton's star DM/CM/trequartista/false nine; Marouane Fellaini. There's little I can add to Graham's article from not too long ago, he's an ideal fit, though I'd say he should really be played further forward alongside Oscar and Hazard, not Mikel and Romeu. There are other Belgian options; Moussa Dembele and Steven Defour, Spurs are unlikely to want to part with the former, and Porto are unlikely to want to part with the later. Young Belgians (apart from the Musonda's) should also be on the agenda, the likes of Dennis Praet; the Jewel in the Anderlecht academies' Crown, a player likened to Belgian legend Enzo Scifo in his style. Hannes van der Bruggen; another great prospect who can cover all positions in midfield and on whom there are great expectations. Umberto Carvalho dos Santos; Anderlecht's other Belgian-Brazilian prodigy (the first being Man Utd's Andreas Hoelgebaum Pereira). Massimo Bruno; Praet's partner in crime at Anderlecht, has shown some real skill. Florent Cuvelier; Stoke City's version of Dennis Praet.
For non-Belgian youth in this 'intermittent space' there's also a wide selection of impressive talents; Jordy Clasie, Davy Klassen, Adam Maher and Marco van Ginkel from the Netherlands, Fabian Hürzeler, Leon Goretzka, İlkay Gündoğan and Moritz Leitner from Germany, Raphael Holzhauser, Florian Grillitsch and Alessandro Schöpf from Austria, Lorenzo Tassi and Roberto Soriano from Italy, Sergi Roberto, Nono, José Rodríguez and Óliver Torres from Spain, Leandro Paredes from Argentina, and Rafinha from Brazil.
True Attacking Mids and Wingers
Now to the main article - who could maximise, multiply or muscle up the Mazacar; these will form the categories for the players I will mention, along with a rating break the bank for the best targets, chase hard for intermediates andpossible solution for the 3rd ratings (mind you even the third ratings are still very good players).
- Mario Goetze; Maximise/Break the Bank - a superstar already, he'd be mighty hard to take away from Dortmund, but imagine him alongside Mata, Oscar and Hazard (well in rotation or with Hazard as a false nine - roll on the Mazzecar!)
-James Rodriguez; Maximise/Break the Bank - a superstar already, he'd be mighty hard to take away from Porto, but imagine him alongside Mata, Oscar and Hazard (I know that's what i said about Goetze, it's also true about Rodriguez - roll on the Mazacarro!)
-André Schürrle; Maximise/Break the Bank - We all know what he can do, the club wants him, the fans want him, get him!
-Christian Eriksen; Maximise/Chase Hard - a superstar in the Netherlands, only the lesser quality of the Dutch league leads to a lower rating than Goetze
-Isco; Maximise/Chase Hard - according to some reports we've secured a 1st refusal on the Malaga star through the Lucas Piazon loan, he can also play as a CM quite effectively so that's a bonus
-Nono; Maximise/Chase Hard - another Isco, though a few years behind the current Isco (Isco?)
-Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta; Maximise/Possible Solution - another Isco, a bit behind Nono and Isco though
-Leonardo Bittencourt; Multiply/Possible Solution - another Dortmunder, a different style of player to Goetze, but a lot cheaper too
-Shaktar Brazilians: Alex Teixeira - Douglas Costa - Willian - Taison; Multiply/Break the Bank - All good players, most of the talk has been about Willian and recent transfer to Shaktar, Taison, but I prefer Douglas Costa and in particular Alex Teixeira, he's looking like he might get a transfer to Juventus, I really hope we beat them to him, he was a Chelsea target after his awesome performances at the 2009 U20 World Cup in Egypt, go for him!
-Young Spanish Wingers: Sergio Canales - Alvaro Vadillo - Gerard Deulofeu - Jese - Iker Muniain - Antonie Greizmann (he's actually French); Multiply/Break the Bank - They've all got huge potential and are all still young, Canales is very injury prone but would be cheap, the rest would be expensive
-Miralem Pjanic; Muscling Up/Break the Bank - a true replacement for Frank Lampard and the Frank of the old at that too! At the top of my list
-Erik Lamela; Muscling Up/Possible Solution - I'm a fan, but I'm not sure he's the kind of player we need
-Bernard; Multiply/Chase Hard - he's a target we're currently tracking, was a sensation at Atlético Mineiro this season, but is he too small for the Premier League
-Lucas Ocampos; Muscling Up/Chase Hard - another future star, has been good for Monaco, if Frank goes to the Cote D'Azure we should try and secure Ocampos in return
-Alan Dzagoev; Multiply/Possible Solution - not the huge fan i once was, but he still brings plenty to the table and he's Chelsea mad!
-Jano Ananidze; Multiply/Possible Solution - Man City like him, I'm not sure he's necessarily for us, but he's certainly talented
-Filip Đuričić; Muscling Up/Possible Solution - tracked by heaps of big clubs, seems pretty good from what I've seen, but there are better options
-Trequartistas: Lucas Andersen - Siebe Schrijvers - Issa Kallon - Paulo Henrique Ganso: Multiply/Possible Solution - we'll need one I reckon (not necessarily one of these lads, but they're a good spot to start, Schrijvers in particular, next off the Belgian star production line and Ganso, injury prone but such a sweet talent)
-(Other) Wingers: Lucas Moura - Bruma Armindo Tué Na Bangna - Maxime Lestienne - Julian Draxler - ZakariaLabyad - Lass Bangoura - Ricardo Esgaio; Multiply/Possible Solution - Alot of names here, so it's clear there are lots of options out there, I know Moura is not on the market at the moment (particularly with PSG paying big bucks for him) but were they to land CR7 and a few of their other summer targets our Brazilian linkages (Oscar, Piazon, Ramires, Wallace and Luiz and hopefully Alex Teixeira could sway the deal).
If anyone has any to add as suggestions/options it could be cool if you use the rating system (totally up to you guys though of course)