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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Chelsea FC, who should the blues sign this summer?

Chelsea struggled over the 2015-2016 campaign, with a huge contrast from the previous season. Jose Mourinho was sacked after a poor run of form and his replacement Guus Hiddink did his best in attempt to repair the season for the Chelsea fans. Leading to a mid table 10th Place finish for the blues, and a failure to qualify for any European competition. So on the back of that, another new manager comes in at Chelsea, and he will want to shape his own team, but who can we expect Chelsea to be looking towards in the coming months before the start of the new Premier League season.

1. One area which needs attention is Chelsea's defence, John Terry is edging towards retirement or at least leaving the blues and will need replacing, there is going to be a huge gap left in the heart of the Chelsea defence when he leaves. Antonio Conte will want to look to fill that gap quickly and effectively. With Italian links I think it would be beneficial for Chelsea to aim towards Italian giants Juventus, and attempt to sign defender Andrea Barzagli, who has been solid in defence for the past few seasons of Serie A and alongside the experienced Gary Cahill and Youngster Kurt Zouma, could be a pivotal appointment.

Another Defensive option which could be considered could be looking to sign a younger right back, when Ivanovic is on his game there is no question he is an incredibly strong player but he isn't getting any younger, and a younger player could come in and provide some healthy competition for Chelsea's long serving full back. Sticking with an Italian theme a player worthy of recruitment for Conte could be Roma's Allesandro Florenzi, who has shown much improvement over the season in Serie A and appears to be a very capable young player. At 25 years old he could come in and develop alongside Ivanovic as he adapts to the Premier League, and then he would be a worthy replacement in seasons to come.

2. An exciting midfielder. Chelsea's midfield in their title winning season in 2014-15 was solid, unbeatable, but after a pour season from playmaker Cesc Fabreags and a slow start from ball winner Nemanja Matic, Chelsea struggled for consistent levels of creativity. In my opinion, apart from Willian, who had an exceptional season, Chelsea's midfield was struggling, and coming out second best particularly in battles early on in the campaign.

One player who because of the league he plays in may potentially be overlooked, but who I would love to see at Chelsea is FC Twente's Hakim Ziyech, who has been working wonders for Twente this season, scoring 17 times and getting 10 assists, at the age of 23 he is an exciting young prospect who could add excitement to an ageing Chelsea midfield.

Of course if  Conte wanted to look at someone who is more proven, he could look towards Liverpool target Mario Goetze, although with the German world cup winner guaranteed champions League football next season at Bayern, it may be tough to secure that name, but his experience could guide younger players around him, and I think he'd be a great link up for Edin Hazard.
I have a feeling after a disappointing season Chelsea will spend big this season, in an attempt to get back into European football and to challenge for the title, but only time will tell. Good luck to them, we'll have to sit and wait, to see who the blues sign, and to see how the new manager sets in next season.

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