Could Chelsea become victims of their own buying power as they seem to be destined for squad rotation with so many players on their books
The big question for Chelsea fans will be surrounding whether or not the Blues can really attack from all areas of the pitch, sure they have the players but do you need a 30 goal-a-season striker to seriously compete on both the domestic and European stage?
By offloading Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses in the transfer window, and attempting to get Demba Ba off the books, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has signalled his intent to provide Fernando Torres, Andre Schurrle and new signing Samuel Eto’o the chance to lead the line amongst a supporting cast of Oscar, Willian, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard.
On paper it’s the kind of team that would put the fear of God in many opponents, and one which should and will be serious title contenders but could they actually be victims of constant reshuffling.
Some players like Torres and Eto'o need games, they need to play constantly to keep sharp and they need the same style of play and the same types of through-ball and passes to really shine.
Roll the clock back five years and you would be thrilled if you had Torres and Eto’o up front such was their form for Liverpool and Barcelona respectively, they had teams built around their style of play, and they thrived off it, but I can’t help but feel that they are a club without direction and discipline.
Former England manager Glenn Hoddle pointed out this morning that focus is the key to a team’s success and whilst he highlighted the threat other players like John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic provided from set pieces, there is a danger that people will forget their responsibilities and ultimately lose their shape, I wonder what Chelsea fans make of it all.
Is it a case of too many soldiers and no General?
Would you rather have free flowing attack or do you crave a Giroud, Suarez or Van Persie to get you 30 goals? Do they have that in Eto'o or Torres?
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