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5 Players that Chelsea could lose in January: Starlet could leave for good

Chelsea are currently in a transitional period under Jose Mourinho, who is still trying to put his own stamp on a young Chelsea team.

Stephen Pickering takes a look at five players that could potentially make way for new blood.

Ryan BertrandThe young left-back has made a prosperous career for himself at Chelsea, winning 3 major trophies and it looked like he could be at the club for the long-hall in the summer, signing a 5-year-contract.

Unfortunately, it just hasn't worked out for the player and now finds himself as third choice left-back.

In the past he has been considered Ashley Cole's understudy, for when the player retires or moves on. However, due to the form of Cesar Azpilicueta it looks like he may struggle to find game time after all.

Brendan Rodgers is reportedly a fan of the left-back, and with Liverpool struggling in that area, a possible move has been suggested. 

Demba BaThe former Newcastle striker hasn't endured the fairy-tale transfer, that nobody but him envisaged.  I think most fans predicted at the time Ba went to Chelsea, that it would all end in tears. He is now currently considered third choice behind Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o. 

The striker has proven himself useful in the Premier League with spells at both West Ham United and Newcastle United, leaving Chelsea as his only smudge on another wise presentable CV.

He has been linked with moves away from the country, including a few notable Premier League teams like Arsenal and West Ham. It doesn't look like he'll struggle finding a club, if he wants the move.

Juan Mata - The most disappointing, but the most foreseeable is fan favourite Juan Mata. The Spaniard is held in high regard at Stamford bridge... well for all besides Jose Mourinho.

The managers miss-use of such a favourite has promoted angry responses from Chelsea fans, almost begging their manager to play him. 

The 25-year-old has the sharks circling and prompted footballing giants Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus to take notice of his lack of game time as a sign of availability. 

Either way, I wouldn't want to be the person breaking the news when the player does inevitably leave. 

Kevin De BruyneThe curious case of Kevin De Bruyne, I don't think anyone will disagree with me on him of being a wonderful talent with limitless potential, but for me, it's just wrong position, wrong time.

Chelsea have an unprecedented amount of attacking midfield players, and for the Belgium international to get regular football, week in week out... it just seems unreasonable! 

Eden Hazard has even voiced his opinion on his country man telling him he should leave Chelsea in the transfer window to aid Belgium's World Cup hopes. 

Does it mean leave on loan, or leave for good? Either way, he isn't short of suitors. 

Lewis BakerThe last one would be talented England under-19 midfielder Lewis Baker to go out on loan and get some first-team football, either abroad or in the football league. 

The talented 18-year-old is renowned as one of the best young midfielders in the country, and despite there being no-rush for the player to prove himself. I think if a good loan offer comes in for him, then Chelsea should look at it seriously. 

Who do you think could leave the Bridge in January? how important is it to hold on players like De Bruyne and Mata? 

image: © Jason Bagley

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