Jose Mourinho pleased many fans last night by claiming that Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Tamas Kalas will play their part in the new season.
Lukaku, who was signed for €22Million from Anderlecht 3 seasons ago, impressed hugely on loan at Premier League side West Bromwich Albion last season, scoring 17 goals and bullying defenders with his strength and agility. I would quite happily see him above Fernando Torres in the pecking order…
Now Kevin De Bruyne is a name some of you may not be familiar with, but he has been described as a better version of Eden Hazard by an ex-coach of the pair, and has been impressing at Werder Bremen for the past season. He has recently made the switch from the wing, into a more central role, which can only add depth to our squad.
‘They are good players with a very good value in the market and we have these players this season for free, after an investment that the club did before,’ said Mourinho, after three days of pre-season training on his return to the club.
‘After the development of the players on loan it is the right moment for them to be back. They are very young with space to develop, they will be better year after year and I can imagine in five years they are much better than today – but what they have today is more than enough to belong to this squad.’
‘We are a very young squad,’ stated Mourinho. ‘We have an average age of 26.3 and that includes Schwarzer who is 40 years old and JT, Cech and Lampard in their 30s, so if we don’t involve these players we drop to almost an Under-21 team.
‘We have a team to develop. Of course we know there are expectations already and we want to create expectations for ourselves. We don’t need other people to create them – but the reality is the best period of this team has yet to arrive because they are very young and in five, six, seven years’ time is when this team will be in the best moment of their careers.’
I have been hoping that the two Belgians would be included in our squad as I see them as the future of Chelsea, along with the current young crop already shaping our team. Kalas is not a player I rate as highly, but Mourinho’s approval is much more note-worthy.
With Hazard, Mata, Oscar already making their marks last season, our young squad will look to dominate the Premier League for years to come. Manchester who?