Chelsea will name a new manager in the summer and it’s anyone’s guess as to who that could be at this stage but the club will be keen to avoid the mistakes of the past and provide their next coach with a clean slate, and the Daily Mail believe that as many as nine players are set for the exit doors.
The West London club are also keen to offload a number of squad members, with financial fair play in mind, to make room for new additions this summer by trimming the hefty wage bill.
Frank Lampard (worst kept secret this season), Fernando Torres (good luck finding a buyer), Florent Malouda, Michael Essien, Yossi Benayoun, Marko Marin, Paulo Ferreira, Henrique Hilario and Jeffrey Bruma are the players that the Daily Mail believe to be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
A lot depends on the players returning from their respective loan spells as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne & Patrick van Aanholt may have a crack at the first team whereas Thibaut Courtois will stay in Madrid for another year and I reckon Romelu Lukaku will be keen to keep playing regular football and will be loaned out for at least one more season.
I for one would like to see the young players given more chances and we can only do this in a stable environment with a manager that is trusted as well as given time to do his job. For example, I’d rather see De Bruyne on the bench than Benayoun or see the likes of van Aanholt/Ryan Bertrand given a real shot at Ashley Cole’s spot next season.
Who do you think should be moved on during the summer and which area do you think are in most need of strengthening?