Jose Mourinho added five new players to his first-team squad for this season in the summer, with the quest to win the Premier League title back.
Chelsea spending big in the summer was no major surprise, as five new players were added to the first-team squad, while a host of others joined the reserve or youth ranks, and some went straight out on loan.
With the Premier League title the goal, have the new faces added to the west London club’s chances of success?
Andre Schurrle – 7/10
The Germany international was chased by the Blues for some time, before he was brought in from Leverkusen in the summer.
He has shown the flexibility to play across the front line and Schurrle has scored some important goals that have made up for goal-shy strikers.
Slightly unlucky not to feature more often, a berth on the right side of the attacking trident seems most appropriate, and this a role that he is capable of making his own.
A relatively bright start, with grounds to believe that Schurrle can be a star for the club.
Samuel Eto’o – 5/10
Although he has scored a couple of goals for the club, Eto’o has not shown the clinical form that made him a revelation earlier in his career.
The ageing Cameroonian is a valid stop-gap solution for a club looking for a world-class striker – something he used to be, but is clearly no longer.
A solitary season at the west London club is all that can be expected from the African, who has failed to live up to his considerable reputation.
Mark Schwarzer – 7/10
The veteran Australian has only been called on sparingly as Petr Cech’s deputy, but has done well on the occasions that he has been in the firing line.
An experienced head that Mourinho clearly trusts, Schwarzer is a solid back-up that is ready to step into the breach if anything happened to Cech.
Marco van Ginkel – 7/10
Highly rated after a fantastic campaign at Vitesse last term, Van Ginkel showed real promise early on before suffering serious injury – something that will come as a major frustration to the Stamford Bridge club.
Clearly has ability, but has a rehabilitation process to successfully negotiate before starting again next season.
With relatively limited options in the centre of midfield, Van Ginkel should not be forgotten about when the Chelsea squad is being put together for next season.
Willian – 7/10
The Brazil international has shown just why the Blues paid so much money to bring him to London with some shows of individual skill.
However, Willian is a victim of the sheer amount of talent at Mourinho’s disposal and as such has not been afforded a consistent run of games in the first team as yet.
A competent start that will have impressed the Chelsea fans in parts, but his full potential has not been on show as yet.
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