Chelsea have signed four players so far this summer for the 2014-15 season, and three of them will lead them to the Premier League title. That’s according to former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen.
Writing on Sportlobster.com, the ex-Real Madrid and Newcastle United star hailed the recruitment of Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Cesc Fabregas, and explained how the trio will be crucial for the Blues this campaign.
‘Jose Mourinho has addressed his problem area in no uncertain terms’, wrote Owen. ‘I believe he had opportunities in previous windows which, in hindsight, could have won him the league last season.
‘As they say, it is better late than never and in Diego Costa the Blues have signed a proven goal scorer at the peak of his powers.
‘Add club legend Didier Drogba to the mix and a world class attacking midfielder in Cesc Fabregas and all of a sudden Chelsea look like a team who could score a bagful of goals.
‘With an embarrassment of riches between the sticks and a defence that is protected by a solid midfield, Chelsea are my fancies to emerge on top’.
Chelsea are many football followers’ favourites for the league title, and the players they have signed so far truly make Jose Mourinho’s squad stronger than it was last season.
Costa may have ‘flopped’ for Spain at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer, but he remains a world-class striker as he showed last season.
The 25-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid last month for a reported transfer fee of £32 million, scored 27 goals in La Liga and eight in the Champions League.
Barcelona may not have the need of Fabregas, but the Spain international and former Arsenal captain, who cost the London outfit a reported £30m, is a genuine world-class player who is going to add creativity, vision and versatility to Chelsea’s midfield.
Drogba’s return to Chelsea after initially leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2012 may be in parts an emotional one, but the 36-year-old’s arrival on a free transfer could prove to be a masterstroke.
Mourinho signed Samuel Eto’o on a one-year contract to play as a back-up striker last summer, but it did not work. It may not work this time with Drogba, who is currently injured, but it was worth a try given the former Ivory Coast international’s experience in the Premier League and him being unattached to any club prior to the move.
Another summer signing, Brazil international left-back Filipe Luis is going to replace Ashley Cole in the team and is expected to be an improvement on the former England international.
True, a number of players including Eto’o, David Luiz, Frank Lampard and Demba Ba have left Chelsea, but this current Mourinho team is very much capable of winning the Premier League title.