Over a decade ago, Chelsea were the team to beat on the domestic front and an emerging force in Europe all thanks to the spending spree of owner, Roman Abramovich. The club bought almost every good player and our rise in the game was sending shivers into our rivals. Two league titles and Chelsea were dominating English football and causing upsets in the Champions League. The likes of Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben, Matej Kezman, Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, and many other superstars made big money moves to the club. Such was Chelsea’s influence that every transfer became a one club affair and a two-way traffic – Chelsea first and the rest next.
Fast forward to Chelsea’s spending policy version of 2015 and you’ll just observe that the club have become extremely cold in the transfer market. We no longer hold the aces in the big deals. Like Jose Mourinho once quipped about eggs and omelette, we now buy grade 3 and 4 players. We buy potential stars that may or may not blossom and not ready-made superstars. We are now more like Southampton than Real Madrid.
Quite understandable is the fact that the club is trying to abide to Financial Fairplay, but in reality we gave regressed, slipped out of reckoning and now have more of an average team than a competitive team. The club will need to spend to help us regain the our lost glory, to keep key players and move the club to the next level. A change in direction is just all that is needed to help us sustain our status as an elite club.
Let’s hope for the club. Cheers!