Not Ba, not Luiz: Three players playing for their future at Chelsea

Ashley Cole

As Mourinho's little horse keeps on running rampant, we take a look at three Chelsea players that need to up their performance in the last nine or face exile for the transformation to becoming a big horse.

Although Mourinho may say otherwise, Chelsea are in a fantastic position, both in the Premier League and in the Champions League and could even still pick up both trophies.

As the Premier League remains a four horse race, it's ridiculously hard to predict who could end up winning the title at the end of the season. Manchester City, although fourth, could still find themselves top as they have three games in hand. Liverpool and Arsenal have mirrored each others results and sit 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Regardless of their results, Mourinho has made it clear in no uncertain terms that the squad he has isn't as strong as he would like. And even a Premier League and Champions League double may not be enough for some players, who could find themselves out of the club at the end of the season.

We take a look at three players, who we believe, are in danger of losing their Chelsea squad position if they don't improve their performances.

Fernando Torres

Not exactly a surprise to anybody, because his life at Chelsea has just been an horrendous ordeal of failed chance after failed chance.

For many Chelsea fans, last Saturday was the last straw, the Spanish striker had five shots without even hitting the target once. It's quite staggering how appalling that actually is, never mind for a striker that cost more than most clubs in the country.

It's difficult to say what the 29-year-old would have to do in order to keep his place in the Chelsea starting XI. However, at this moment in time, I would say his best chance is to build a time machine, and that's no exaggeration.

Ashley Cole

The England left-back has it all to do in these following nine games, not just to win a new contract at Chelsea, but to also keep his place in the England squad.

The 33-year-old looks to have been well and truly ousted by young Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta and when it comes to making a decision at the end of the season, it could very much hang in the balance on his attitude and performance in the next nine games.

I don't think there can be any doubt over his ability, but I believe he now he needs to show grit and determination to win his place back in the side, both for England and Chelsea.

Josh McEachran

If there is any player in the Chelsea side hanging on to a squad number by the skin of his teeth, it is central-midfielder Josh McEachran. Once touted as a very promising prospect by the coaching staff at Stamford Bridge, it's difficult to pinpoint just quite what has gone wrong for the 21-year-old.

After an unimpressive loan move to Watford earlier in the season, it's up to him to make the last part of the season at Wigan count, which if he does and he does in style then he may still carve a future out at Stamford Bridge.

However, the early signs don't look good and his future at the Bridge is looking bleak.

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