Date: 26th June 2012 at 11:00pm
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Raul Meireles:

The Portuguese midfielder has isn’t exactly popular amongst the fans, so much so that when he does actually play a half decent game he’ll still be described as most as being useless. His time at the club has been mixed and it is true that his form was mostly poor, but he’s a decent squad player to have and I wouldn’t be against him sticking around.

He has been linked with a move as Italian outfit Napoli in a deal for around ¬£8m, according to the Daily Mail, but he has refused to comment on his future until he’s finished at the Euros with Portugal.

Florent Malouda:

Malouda is a player that has done good things for the club, especially during the double winning campaign under Carlo Ancelotti, but has been a constant source of frustration for most of his Chelsea career and there aren’t many fans that would be sad to see the back of the 32-year-old, who is arguably one of the fans’ least favourite players and would top most lists of players that should be shown the exit door.

He’s been strongly linked with a move to South America to play in Brazil, which I wrote about previously here.

Daniel Sturridge:

Following an impressive loan spell prior to last season the 22-year-old finally broke into Chelsea’s first team when Andre Villas-Boas took charge at the club last summer. He was on fire in the early stages of the season, there was calls for him to play centre forward in Rooney’s absence at the Euros and he ended the campaign with a respectful 13 goals and seven assists from his role as right-forward.

Surely we would be mad for wanting to move this young talent on, right?…Wrong! He’s definitely talented and I believe he has what it takes to be a top star, but his attitude is questionable and there are rumours that he’s not happy at the club as he hasn’t received many opportunities as a centre forward. For someone that just broke into the team this is disappointing as he didn’t seem grateful to be in the side and he only has one-year remaining on his deal at Chelsea, if he isn’t happy then he won’t sign an extension so the logical decision to get some cash whilst we can.

Michael Essien:

He’s always been a player that the fans at Chelsea have appreciated and the Ghana midfielder will be a player that we would miss.

However, he’s now 29-years-old, has been ravaged by injuries and is currently picking up a lucrative wage as well as taking up a spot in the squad that could be filled by a younger midfielder with more reliable fitness. There are those that argue we should have another look at him in the pre-season and give him another chance, but he’s had his second chance already.

It’s sad, it’s a shame, but it is time for him to move on.

Paulo Ferreira:

Not much to say here. Nothing against Ferreira at all and he’s been a great servant to the club since signing from Porto when Jose Mourinho took charge at the club in 2004/05 season.

But the 33-year-old does not feature much these days, in fact he hasn’t for quite some time and although he still puts in a shift when he’s called upon, we need better backup and it would not hurt to give one of our youngsters a chance.

We all have different opinions on these things though, who do you think we should buy/sell this summer? – Have your say in the comments section below


57 responses to “Five players that could/should be heading for the Chelsea exit doors”

  1. Alan Frank says:

    I think you are wrong to include Essien in the list of players to be shown the door Anthony. Some players improve with age and experience just look at Andreas Pirlo. I think just one of the reasons Abramovich took so long in appointing RDM for next term was his continued desire when given his head, to pick the likes of Kalou, Malouda and Mikel over other players at his disposal. Playing Kalou instead of Torres or Mikel instead of Essien wasn’t exactly wise. Essien was fit and ready to play for the last couple of months of the campaign yet was constantly on the bench and not used. He is a far better and more intellegent DM player than Mikel. As to his scientific fitness stats at Cobham I am unsure but ‘if’ he is over his last injury and performs well on tour I would definately be inclined to keep him for next season as he IS quality when fit. In fact with Romeu in the wings I would be more inclined to get rid of Mikel than Essien personally!
    As for players to come in I would in a heart beat swap Torres for Falcao. I know Athletico don’t want to sell their prized asset but if we offered Torres and included Courtoise, their impressive on loan Chelsea keeper, they could very well do business. The same could be said to Napoli if they want Mereiles. Get them to name their price for Cavani. As far as Sturridge is concerned I would love to see us do a swap deal with City for Adam Johnson. The possiblities are endless and one other player I would love to see Chelsea linked with is the young Austrian winger Frei from Fulham. This lad so impressed me last term and I cannot understand how we can be interested in Vic Moses or the German lad Schurle and not Frei?

    • bluejose says:

      @alan frank, or wat do u call ursef u knw next 2 nafin Abt football essien is no longer d player he used 2 be, he should be sold ASAP as 4 mikel u are Jst a mikel hater go jump into hell if he is in d team next season he was one of d best towards d end of last season, torres is far much a complete striker dan falcao so shut up ur piehole, I need hulk and victor moses as well as a right back VDW
      1 luv 2 all my fellow blue pple our blood is blue

    • Anthony Williams says:

      Firstly, Pirlo hasn’t suffered several ACL injuries which is a tough injury to recover from.

      Secondly, they’re incomparable as Essien is supposed to be a box-to-box midfielder and doesn’t have the same qualities as Pirlo. His fitness, physique and engine were his strenths. Pirlo can put a ball on a sixpence and doesn’t do a whole lot of running, talking, plays in a slower league…his role doesn’t require him to do anything Essien is/was good at.

      We have been plenty patient with Ess. It’s sad but how many more years, yes years, are we going to entertain this fantasy? He’s done. Time to move on.

  2. Beckley chisom says:

    Chelsea shud offload malouda, bosingwa, essien, kalou, sturridge, benayoun, lukaku,merrieles, hilario, turmbul, and buy hulk, modric, cavani, fellani, debuchy and gv some of our young players 2 prove dia selfs. Up blues

  3. soludo says:

    Sturridge struggles with attitude and lacks patience required to develop at a club like Chelsea. He should join a club that fights religation if he wants to play regularly and centrally. There are no such guarantee at big clubs except for people with unusual talent. Turnbull and Essien are my favourite to leave. If we can buy Modric or sahin or Motinho, Pereira or Debuchy or Jordi Alba, then Moses as a back up to Remires at RW. Then we can experiment on Torres/Sturidge/Lukaku till January. If they dont show up with their scoring boots, then we can get Demba Ba or Papiss Cissé. Goodluck Chelsea

  4. Twentytwo bee says:

    I think chelsea need to sell an buy more prayes. Am a chelsea fan 4life.

  5. abebe seyoum says:

    why Essey miss.he is stroing plays.for essey i am not agery.

  6. abebe seyoum says:

    Essey is stroing.why miss him.

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  8. nancy says:

    pls u can offload d oda 4 players. Dnt sale or send sturridge on loan, he is a gud n a quality player al we need do is just to advice n corect him, give him playing opportunities he wil prove himself.

  9. WESLEY says:

    If we get players like FREI, MODRIC, CAVANI, HULK & FELLAIN. Then those guys you can sale them…. Di matteo get this guys please BLUES FOR LIFE UP BLUE

  10. Promise says:

    @alan You don’t knw. Football why sud will use Torres + Cutorious to collect Falcao wat give You the assurance dat he will Perform here