Chelsea are now odds on to do the famous Double for the first time in their history , but the team is definitely getting on as the average age goes up every year.
Obviously you need experience in a team to win major trophies, but aren’t there a few players that you would like to be replaced by some skilled youngsters for next seasons assault on the Champions League?
My first choice will have to be Paola Ferreira. Yes he had a good game against United, but seriously he wouldn’t have got a game if we hadn’t had so many defensive injuries. Is he likely to get a game next season?
Second on my list may upset a Chelsea fans, but i seriously think Deco is way past his best. Ancelotti seems very keen on him, but he gives away far too many balls for my liking, and can’t last the pace of a Premiership match for more than an hour.
Thirdly is the obvious one. Hilario. He has covered adequately in the times that Petr Cech has been out injured, but I can’t help but worry when he is on the pitch. It seems we also have to score an extra goal when he is around. And don’t get me started on Daniel Sturridge. He frightens the life out of me, but having youth on his side gives him a chance to improve. But he’s not nowhere near good enough yet. A top class substitute for Cech is needed now.
Fourth is the great Chelsea servant Ricardo Carvalho. He has come back from the dead this year, but he is only ever going to be a bit part player by next season. For his own good (and Chelsea’s!), he should move back home to Portugal this summer.
Lastly I think it is time for the great Sulky one himself to move on. Nicolas Anelka hates being a bit part player behind Drogba, and although he does the occasional good pass when Didier is on the field, he just doesn’t have the confidence to score unless he is top dog down the centre. He needs too many chances before he puts it in the back of the net.
So who agrees with that lot. Or would you rather suggest your own five?