I think we can all agree on one thing about this week … it has not exactly gone to plan for Jose Mourinho.
Despite dominating for vast swathes of the game with Everton last Saturday his Chelsea side left Goodison Park without points - after Steven Naismith’s smash and grab on the stroke of half time.
Then came FC Basel. The Swiss side refused to accept defeat in their Champions League meeting this week, despite Oscar’s early goal for The Blues. In the end Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller decided to spoil the Stamford Bridge party - and Mourinho’s eggs went rotten.
This weekend they take on Fulham in a derby game they are fully expected to win at home, but regardless of that result it is a game elsewhere in London that could prove most damning to Mourinho this weekend - involving a player who watched from the stands as Everton beat Chelsea last weekend.
And if he puts in a good, and potentially goalscoring performance against The Hammers, it will leave Mourinho with more questions to answer over his transfer activity this summer.
New signing Willian made his debut on Wednesday night and underwhelmed. The Brazilian is a perfect example of the unnecessary transfer business done by Mourinho this summer. One thing Chelsea did not need was another player in the attacking midfield area. With Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle and even Ramires all capable of doing a job there - Willian was an unnecessary expense.
The money spent on the Anzhi player should have gone elsewhere, on a striker who is going to score them 30 plus goals this term. To be one of the best in Europe and domestically that is a necessity. If you can’t get it through one player it has to come through the entire strike force - I personally do not see Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o performing that role.
Throw Lukaku in the mix, a young man who scored goals for fun in a West Brom team now struggling to succeed - and they might have had a chance.
Allowing him to leave for nothing was a mistake, in my eyes, already - but if he goes on to fire Everton up the table and potentially into Europe, Jose Mourinho will have some explaining to do.
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