Ok, so I’ve panicked and rewrote by Summer Spending Spree a couple times now, as this will be my first post on the site, other than the odd comment here and there. I just want to start by saying that I’m no expert on the FIFA and UEFA regulations, so feel free to correct me. Any comments are certainly appreciated. That being said, let’s get to it. Anyone I don’t mention can be assumed to be staying put.
I’ve only got a couple people that need to leave. Obviously Malouda, Ferreira, Benayoun, Turnbull and Hilario will be out for free. Other than that…
Gael Kakuta – Disappointing prospect. Hopefully he can make something of himself in Ligue 1. £5mil to a top-half French side seems fair. Best of luck, Gael.
Fernando Torres – I like him, I really do. As a fan, one can’t help but feel for him, even as they curse him for missing another open net. However, as the club’s financier for the summer, I don’t see him sticking around. I truly hope he finds some form late in his career somewhere, as he seems like a genuinely class footballer. £15mil to Spain or Italy. I’d be willing to pay his wages to whatever extent it takes to glean £15mil out of the deal. Best of luck, Fernando.
Demba Ba – Such a difficult decision, again. I really don’t think he’s been given enough time to find his best footing at Chelsea, and I think part of that is because he’s been chosen inconsistently. That being said, my plan doesn’t include making him an every day starter, so I think he would do best elsewhere, as he is too good to play back up at this point in his career. £10mil to Ligue 1, where he seems to fit the style and level of play nicely. Sorry it worked out this way. Best of luck, Demba.
This clears up another £33 million to bring us to £133 million total. Now let’s see who needs to go out on loan.
Out On Loans
Thibaut Courtois – Again, the 21-year-old Belgian is perhaps the brightest prospect the club has at the moment. His time at Athlético Madrid has seen him collect the Zamora award and the Copa Del Rey, and his time would best be spent growing more prolific and experienced with another loan to the Spanish capital.
Matej Delac (U-21) – Eventually he seems like he could surpass Blackman and become the second choice keeper behind Courtois, so a mid-level European club loan seems to be in order. He ended the year in his native Croatia at Inter Zapresic, so sending him back again seems like a good enough plan.
Ryan Bertrand – He has been an adequate back up for Cole in recent seasons, but it is hard to see him as the permanent replacement for a player of Cole’s importance. I feel he can best be motivated by a loan with a mid-season recall clause, and really any mid-level Premier League side willing to take him on will do nicely.
Patrick van Aanholt – With Bertrand out on loan, I would like to bring in van Aanholt as his replacement. Depending on the performance of either player, I would consider sending van Aanholt out on loan mid-season and bringing Bertrand back. Either way, I would like one player receiving some first team minutes, while the other playing regularly on loan.
Sam Hutchinson – Terrific story and terrific comeback. I’d like to see him fight for promotion under Zola at Watford. Let’s see what he can make from one more opportunity.
Kenneth Omeruo, Andreas Christensen, Tomas Kalas – Three young talents with three bright futures at the Bridge. For now, loans to bottom-half Premier League teams seem appropriate, although I’d consider loans to France as well. In Omeruo’s case, I’d include a mid-season recall clause in case of injuries to the first team.
Marko Marin – There is a strong desire to sell Marin right now, as he is one of the bigger disappointments of the season (Torres notwithstanding). Most of this is due to unfortunate circumstances, like an early injury and Benitez’s Yossi-centric substitution plan. Reselling him now makes very little financial sense, as his value would have a hard time being any lower. I’d like to loan him out to Werder Bremen, as a replacement to Kevin de Bruyne. Hopefully Marin can find some semblance of form and confidence, and the club can decide his future next summer.
Oriol Romeu – I find him to be similar to Marin in that selling him after a significant injury would be financially questionable. However, I think he might do well with a loan spell somewhere, perhaps back in his native Spain. His skill set is diverse to the point where he could develop into a great deep lying playmaker in a couple seasons. It’s simply a matter of easing him back into playing a high level of football, and judging from there. Real Betis will probably be interested in his services by the end of my shopping spree.
Nathaniel Chalobah – What a season at Watford, and it’s a shame they weren’t promoted. He has a very bright future at Chelsea, no doubt. For now though, I think there are plenty of teams willing to take him up on loan. I could see him in the Bundesliga or at a mid-table team in England.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Similar to Chalobah, in that I could see him playing a big part for Chelsea as early as next year. In mean time, I would like to see him somewhere like Crystal Palace or another recently promoted team.
Thorgan Hazard – The younger Hazard, who is apparently a better footballer than Eden (according to Eden himself), was impressive on loan at Zulte. I’d prefer him in France or Germany, as opposed to Belgium. Saint-Etienne and Bayer might be interested soon enough.
In From Loans
Michael Essien – Frankly, I don’t think he’ll contribute a ton on the pitch, but he’s one of those forces in the locker room that can’t be underestimated, especially since he just came off a season of playing with Mourinho in Madrid. I like him covering at Right Back mostly, as I’d like to save Ivanovic as primarily a Centre Back.
Romelu Lukaku – Ok, come on. He’s going to be amazing very soon. I don’t want him to waste a year of his development elsewhere when he could be learning from Mourinho.
Kevin de Bruyne – Pretty much the same thing as Lukaku. I can’t wait for Chelsea to use our whole contingent of Belgians in the near future. People complain a bit that he won’t get the playing time he needs, but he seems to want to be here, so he probably already realizes he’ll be a second choice to start with.
So that leaves gaps in the team that we here at WAGNH are plenty familiar with. These include backup GK, Holding/Defensive Midfielders, Centre and Left Backs, and a Striker.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - £23mil – This is, in my eyes, a smarter buy than going for both Schurrle and Cavani. At 23, he would be a great compliment for the size and strength of Lukaku as both come into their prime. Aubameyang is ridiculously pacey, and finishes very well in the box as well. As Lukaku matures into the main striker, Aubameyang would be best utilized on a wing, much like we would have done with Schurrle. Essentially, I think of Aubameyang as Schurrle in reverse, someone who is a striker foremost but could certainly service the team out on the wings as well.
Mario Gomez - £20mil – Now that he’s been pushed behind Mandzukic - and possibly Lewandowski - on the depth chart at Bayern, he would be very available and likely looking to play regular first team football, especially with the World Cup forthcoming. I see him playing roughly half the matches for the season, while Lukaku and Auba would split the remaining games. Realistically, Lukaku would play the majority of the other matches with Auba splitting time on the wings and up front. I see Mario sticking around for maybe 2 seasons then moving on, as Lukaku and Auba should be able to hold down the fort from then on.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos - £18mil – Ok, this one isn’t exactly a rare pick. One of the most physically intimidating 21 year-olds I’ve ever seen, the young Greek centre back for Schalke is a wonderful pairing for the wily David Luiz. A physical presence like his would immediately shore up many of the leaks our defense suffered from last season. Also, having a solid nickname like Big Papa or Papadopadingdong (as Wheaties suggested) would be just great. And if that’s not reason to sign him, I don’t know what is. Come on, having a back line that reads “Dave – Geezer/Sideshow Bob – Big Papa – (left back)” would be too much fun.
Luke Shaw - £8mil (loan back to Southampton) – Not much needs to be said about Shaw, as everyone who has read at least a couple of these proposals is familiar with the drill. He’s young, talented, and a Chelsea fan. He’ll probably be Ashley Cole’s long-term replacement. Loan him back to Southampton posthaste. Etc., ect.
Lars Bender - £15mil – He is the force in midfield that Chelsea would benefit greatly from. Maybe not quite the defensive presence of Mikel, but he’s certainly better with the ball than Mikel. He’s played enough big situations for both Germany and Bayer for me to feel comfortable with his composure in the middle of the park, no matter if it’s a Premier League match or the Champions League final. If we don’t purchase Schurrle, it would make getting Bender much easier, considering Bayer Leverkusen is not a fun club to negotiate with.
Beñat Etxebarria - £12mil - 26 is a little old for Chelsea’s transfer policy, but we can’t excel with youth alone, and Etxebarria is a great player to bring in with maturity and the skill set to excel immediately. It also helps that Mourinho will be fairly familiar with him after facing him in Spain the last couple seasons. I like him as a choice to make great plays from deep for the next 4 seasons or so.
Marco van Ginkel - £9mil – Someone who has been pretty well documented here on WAGNH, Van Ginkel is one for the future. He has a great passing repertoire already and brings more goal scoring potential to the table than Etxebarria. There is a good article about van Ginkel elsewhere on WAGNH, and I would link it if I could find it. Regardless, he would be a marvelous young addition to the squad. If necessary, I’d be willing to loan him to Bayer for a season to complete the deal for Bender.
Robert Green - £3mil – He’s a good English keeper who is a perfectly adequate backup for Cech, and I’d sell him on when we feel the need to bring Courtois up finally. Not an exciting transfer, but a necessary one.
Total Spent – £108 million. Total remaining balance - £25 million.
That should be a team that can work in a number of formations with a lot of depth and adaptability. Let’s look at some of the possibilities.
In a 4-3-3:
Dave – Papadopoulos – Luiz – Cole
Beñat – Oscar – Bender
Hazard – Gomez - Mata
And a second XI:
Iva – Cahill – Terry – Van Aanholt
Ramires – Mikel – Lampard
Auba – Lukaku – de Bruyne
And in a 4-2-3-1, or the “Can He Play In The Pivot?”
Dave – Papa – Luiz – Cole
Bender – Beñat
Hazard – Oscar – Mata
And the 2nd team:
Iva – Cahill – Terry – Van Aanholt
Mikel – Lampard
Auba – De Bruyne – Ramires
Unfortunately I don’t have the savvy or the trustworthy Internet connection to include pictures or fancy gifs, but hopefully this comes off as semi-feasible and relatively short read. Please don't hesitate to comment, criticize, or compliment. Especially the compliment part... In the meantime, Enjoy the Life, Geezers!