When we speak of the up and coming youth players at Chelsea who will become first team players, Ryan Bertrand is always at the top of the list. When speaking of his attributes, the word youth is never far away, and yet you might be surprised to know he will be 24 by the time next season starts. To put that in context; Oscar is 21, Mata 25, Hazard 22, Azpilicueta will be 24 while new signings Schurrle and van Ginkel will be 20 and 22 respectively. Bertrand is past the point of being a young, promising talent – this is when he should be cementing his place in the team. So far, he has been unable to do so.
Reports today from Spain are linking Chelsea with a bid of £30 million plus for Luis Suarez, and the story seems to be gathering pace in England. The Uruguayan is desperate to leave Liverpool, while the media seem to have decided that we are desperate for a striker. 2 + 2 = 17. There is no doubt that Suarez is an accomplished forward, and he would score bucket-loads at Chelsea, but the idea that we are contemplating a bid for him is ridiculous. Let’s not forget, this is the same Suarez currently serving a ten match ban…for biting Ivanovic! It simply cannot be true.
It took a while, but as we told you on the 28th May (http://justchelsea.com/mourinho-set-to-make-young-dutch-star-his-first-signing-for-chelsea/6128 ), Chelsea have signed Marco Van Ginkel from Vitesse for a fee of £9 million pounds.
We were not the only club interested in the young starlet, but assurances from Jose Mourinho seem to have sway van Ginkel’s decision. Mourinho informed the young Dutch midfielder that he would have substantial game time this season as we look to develop a natural successor to Frank Lampard. Lampard can’t go on forever, and now is the time to consider replacements. They are huge shoes to fill, but van Ginkel certainly has the potential to do so.
The Guardian are reporting that Chelsea are ready to make a second offer for Norwich keeper John Ruddy after The Canaries turned down our initial bid worth a total of £5 million pounds. Ruddy, 26, is being sought as no. 2 to Petr Cech after the departures of Ross Turnbull and Hilario at the end of the season. We here at justchelsea previously discussed the goalkeeping situation, questioning whether Jamal Blackman could be trusted to be Cech’s deputy while Courtois spends another year on loan in Spain. It would appear that is not the case, and Ruddy is seen as the perfect bench-warmer. Ruddy is a fine keeper…and I don’t want him.
Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea are fighting with PSG for the signature of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. Cavani scored 38 goals in all competitions last season for Napoli, and his record of 104 goals in 138 games is staggeringly good. However, Napoli are so far refusing to budge on their release clause figure of €63 million Euro, the equivalent of almost £54 million pounds.
Brazil pair look set to lead Chelsea title challenge
If Jose Mourinho is to bring the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge he needs his top international stars to perform week-in, week-out.
We’ve been able to rely on them in cup competitions over the past few years but the league has remained out of reach, much to the frustration of many Chelsea fans who bet on football. Under Mourinho we won the title in clinical fashion, often going ahead in games before the break and then shutting the opposition out until full time.
There is so much speculation over how Jose Mourinho is going to line up this Chelsea team, and much of it is guesswork. However, with our pre-season games still a bit away, I thought I would have a look at the team and try and work out who would Mourinho see as absolutely nailed on starters. We know how Jose has always played, and it’s based on a strong, resolute defence that makes it extremely difficult to play against. Jose has always played players on their perceived merit, even if that meant leaving big names on the bench. See Iker Casillas and Pepe. So who will he favour at Chelsea?
Chelsea’s golden trio going in to last season were Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar. However, come the end of the season and while Mata and Hazard are justifiably receiving tremendous praise, Oscar seems to have been forgotten. David Luiz and Frank Lampard were our other two headline grabbers – Oscar simply went about his business like an unworried gambler at a no deposit casino! Many have said that the young Brazilian needed a season to get used to the English game, but that concept is as ill-thought out as it is downright ignorant. Mata and Hazard are incredibly creative attackers. Oscar is an incredibly creative footballer.
Jeffrey Bruma has joined PSV on a four year contract after short negotiations between the two clubs. Bruma never really developed in to the player Chelsea had hoped, and it’s hard to believe he is still only 21. A £2.5 million pound move to PSV will allow Bruma to continue his development at a level that is more suited to his current abilities. Loans to Leicester and HSV produced mixed results, and at times Bruma displayed enough potential that Chelsea have inserted a buy-back clause to the deal. It will be interesting to see whether Bruma can improve to the point that Chelsea will exercise that buy back deal.
Andre Schurrle has completed his dream £18 million move from Bayer Leverkusen as he becomes the first of Jose Mourinho’s signings of his second reign. Many Chelsea fans may have limited knowledge of the German attacker, but Chelsea have acquired the services of a tremendous talent with huge potential. At 22, Schurrle has already made 24 appearances for the German national side, scoring 7 goals in the process. Since earning a move to Leverkusen, he has established himself as a vital player, scoring 9 and 14 goals in successive seasons. Schurrle has been given the no 14 jersey for Chelsea, and his 5 year contract is a sign of faith by the club that Schurrle will be a long term success in London.