We take a look at which positions Chelsea need to strengthen for next season.
They have a resilient squad who can overcome any opponent, with a strong defence, attackers full of flair, and a wealth of talented youth prospects who look set to make a name for themselves in the coming years.
However, this should not mean that Jose Mourinho leaves his squad as is for the next campaign, with keeping hold of the Premier League title harder than winning it for the first time.
Chelsea have certainly completed some great transfer business in the recent past, but we take a look at which areas still need strengthening if they intend to keep ahold of their Premier League crown.
It appears as if Petr Cech’s time at Stamford Bridge is up, as Thibaut Courtois looks to have the starting goalkeeper’s jersey as his own from now on. There is no doubt that the Belgian is the ultimate Premier League stopper, and will not need replacing, but the Blues will definitely need someone to come in as second choice ‘keeper.
John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma all look to have a number of years left in them of top level football, although Terry may start being phased out in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition to the new partnership. That is likely to be Cahill and Zouma, although a new central defender would not go amiss to guarantee a Premier League class back-up option. In the full-back areas, Cesar Azpilicueta and Filipe Luis are good enough to remain at the club, although Branislav Ivanovic may need replacing as his age appears to be catching up with his defensive work.
Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic are arguably the best midfield pivot in the country, although beyond that there is a real lack of cover. Ramires and John Obi Mikel are both too one-dimensional to play for a top level them, and Zouma should be focusing upon his defensive role rather than a midfield one. A new deep-lying midfielder is necessary, and preferably one who is able to cover a lot of ground whilst still providing a creative spark - potentially academy youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The three attacking roles look guaranteed between Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian, whilst Juan Cuadrado is ready and waiting to make an impact, and there is a wealth of talent in the reserve sides who can potentially make a step up.
Diego Costa and Loic Remy will not be going anywhere, but Didier Drogba looks to be on his last legs and will need replacing. There is a wealth of talent in the academy - Dom Solanke, Izzy Brown and Patrick Bamford are three names ready to make an impact - but Mourinho will likely look at the transfer market for a forward who is willing to be third choice, but is still good enough for a team fighting for four different trophies.
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