What is the reason for Chelsea's odd roster selection?

Chelsea's management of the composition of our roster has been odd for the past few seasons. Last summer Chelsea brought in no less than 4 great creative AM/winger type players (in addition to Mata). But for some reason they also decided to get rid of MRLSH and Essien and start the season with just 4 recognised central midfielders. (which we can say in retrospect was not a good idea). At the time , I thought that the decision was because of FFP reasons , that would make it a good idea to get their wages off the books. However in retrospect this makes little sense. If Chelsea's financial situation was such that they wanted to get rid of guys who could provide valuable depth in central midfield , they would be spending 30 million to bring in extra depth on the wings (where they already have 6 players).

This extends to centre forwards as well. By all accounts we've submitted bids upwards of 20m for Rooney and we will pay 30m for Willian. So this says we could have afforded a 50m fee for a Falcao or Cavani, we just didn't want them. We could have afforded top class options in central midfield like Fellaini (who the Guardian reported had a 24m release clause expire in July), Paulinho or Benat . The club decided to go for cheaper options in these areas.

Is there a reason that the management at Chelsea chooses to forgo top class options on the market in central midfield and centre forward, in favor of adding more talent on the wings?

Have they made a conscious decision to invest more heavily and fill the roster more with these types of wingers/CAMS as opposed to other areas?

One of the most hilarious transfer window fails of all time was made by Kenny Dalglish and Comolli.


"At Liverpool Comolli has relied more heavily on the so-called "Moneyball philosophy"..., which argues, among other things, that a team that wins more than 40 headers, or crosses the ball more than 30 times or makes 12 regains in the final third, will nearly always win".

This resulted in them recruiting guys like Andy Carroll (for winning headers) , Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam (who had some of the highest attempted cross per min in their respective teams) and Suarez (who had the ability to press and regain the ball in the final third).

As you can see only one of those guys was a success.

Maybe someone at Chelsea decided that a midfielder needs to complete a certain number of through balls per game or dribbles per game , just as at liverpool they decided to target guys who made a certain number of crosses per game. Perhaps that's why the club think we need to invest so much in these types of player?

I really can't think of any other reason.

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