With less than a month into the summer holidays, the battle line has been drawn as Chelsea’s fiercest league rivals perform surgical operations to their playing squad. The manner of the blues title triumph was an eye-opener for all and we surely should expect a tougher battle to retain our title (a feat no club has successfully achieved since Manchester did in 2008). This huge challenge simply means we need to reinforce as our rivals will also do same expectedly.
Aside two summers ago, a familiar failing in Chelsea history even in recent times has been our laxness in the transfer market which has led to our inability to get the real deal. If we want the best of players to improve the quality of our football, performances and results, then we must make do so quickly and aright. As a reminder, the quality of player we buy determines the results we’re likely to get. Former boss, Jose Mourinho puts it better with this comic statement during his time at the club:
“omelette, eggs. No eggs, no omelette. And it depends on the quality of the eggs in the supermarket. They are class one, two or three and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelette. When the class one eggs are not available, you have a problem.”
Our approach in the transfer market needs to take a new dimension as our old habit of playing the waiting game has proved quite costly. We can recall signings like Khalid Boulahrouz, Yuri Zhirkov, Shaun Wright-Philips, Asier Del Horno and many others who were square pegs in round holes and the likes of Andrei Shevchenko, Fernando Torres, Matej Kezman who were expensive burdens that only flattered to deceive.
Manchester City, Arsenal and United have all announced incoming deals as preparations for next season commences. There’s no hiding place for gold fishes and if we must get them, then it’s up to us to be proactive in our approach or be left with nothing. The time is now for us to act aright or rue to be left behind.
Let’s hope for the best, cheers! “team CFC#”