There has been a lot of discussion about who will be taking over at Stamford Bridge in the summer and where Chelsea will spend their money as they seek to re-establish themselves as a title challenging outfit but which players could be set for the Stamford Bridge exit doors?
1. Fernando Torres:
I don’t think Chelsea will fail to bring in a big name forward over the summer and there won’t be a place for the Spaniard other than the substitute’s bench. Torres played in 36 Premier League games this season, started 28 of those, but only managed 8 goals which is less than Gabriel Agbonlahor, Arouna Kone and Kevin Nolan. It just isn’t good enough and there probably isn’t a better time to move him on than now, if he stays for his contract he’ll cost nearly £30 million in wages.
Torres is already buttering up Jose Mourinho in the press and keeps reminding everyone he has three years on his deal. Chelsea would have to subsidise any move but will save millions even then, and will avoid a potential clash as the forward won’t take to being marginalised very well at all.
2. Marko Marin:
The German was the panic buy (when we looked Europa League-bound) and gamble of last season, it didn’t pay off. Nothing against the guy but it’s unlikely an injury-prone winger with 15 games under his belt is ever going to make an impact at the club and has no real future here.
3. Michael Essien
I’m not expecting this to be a popular choice but the fact the Ghanaian was allowed out on loan to Real Madrid all season suggests that the club hierarchy believe he’s surplus to requirements. Only Jose Mourinho could save him but he mainly used Essien as a backup right-back and there’s no real need for one of those at Chelsea.
He’s been a great servant to the club and I’m gutted every time I see what the injuries have done to him. I predict he’ll be moving on.
There’ll be a few others moving on as their contracts expire, like Yossi Benayoun, Florent Malouda and Paulo Ferreira, whilst Gael Kakuta will likely be moved on as he’s disillusioned with life at the club following so many loan spells. A few of the loan returnees could plug the gaps along with any new signings, and we need to do all we can to keep promising talent like Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku happy.