Chelsea transfers assessed: Still room for improvement at the Bridge?

first_imgJose Mourinho claims Chelsea’s business for the summer has been concluded, and if that’s the case it has been a pretty efficient transfer window for the Blues. Here, talkSPORT assesses Chelsea’s summer business to date, and looks at a few areas that may yet make Jose Mourinho reconsider dipping back into the market…Who they’ve signed:Diego Costa – £34mCesc Fabregas – £30mFilipe Luis – £16mWhere they need to strengthen?DEFENCEAt full-back, Cesar Azpilicueta and Filipe Luis are likely to be starters, while Branislav Ivanovic may occasionally be used there as back up. Kurt Zouma is another option out wide, while Nathan Ake is quite comfortable at left-back. In this area the blues looked covered, provided neither Zouma nor Ake are sent out on loan.However, at centre-back it’s a different story. 4 4 4 4 Current optionsJohn Terry will turn 34 this year and not getting any younger, leaving just Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic. Chelsea have high hopes for Zouma, and if he can step up to the plate the Frenchman could be good cover. Nathan Ake is also extremely promising, but both players carry an element of risk.The targetsThe club were pursuing Atletico Madrid’s Joao Miranda earlier this summer but were previously reluctant to meet Miranda’s €30m buyout clause. Stories have emerged in recent days suggesting Jose Mourinho has had second thoughts, though and with a long season across the Champions League and Premier League, it could be a sound investment.MIDFIELDChelsea’s midfield is strangely lop-sided. While in the attacking areas the Blues have a wealth of talent, in the defensive positions things are less encouraging. Frank Lampard’s departure from Stamford Bridge only further depletes the cover in that area of the pitch.Current optionsNemanja Matic has already proven in half a season that he is an ideal holding midfielder for a Jose Mourinho side, but after the Serb there is a big hole. John Obi Mikel simply isn’t on the same level as the former Benfica man, while injury issues will always leave doubts regarding Oriol Romeu, despite the Blues recently handing him a new deal. The fact that the Blues were on the verge of bringing Tiago Mendes back to Stamford Bridge suggests Jose Mourinho is aware of a need to add numbers in this area. Does Jose Mourinho need to make more signings for Chelsea? The targetsChelsea’s surprise renewal of Romeu suggests Jose Mourinho is confident the midfielder can beat his injury issues and come good. If that happens it would be great news for the Blues: the Catalan isn’t short on talent, just lacking when it comes to luck. If he can’t find his feet then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Chelsea dip into the market for another holding midfielder. Sami Khedira, perhaps?STRIKERSDiego Costa, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku. Is that enough for a side that aspires to win everything? Probably not.Current optionsExpect Costa to be Mourinho’s first choice. The Spain international is the perfect fit for Chelsea’s counter-attacking system, while it looks like Torres will still be around as back up, for better or for worse. It remains to be seen if Mourinho has changed his mind regarding Romelu Lukaku.The targetsShould Lukaku spend another year away from Stamford Bridge, the Blues will surely need an extra body. Strong rumours suggest Didier Drogba could make a return to Stamford Bridge hinting that Mourinho still isn’t convinced by Lukaku, and the veteran would fit in seamlessly for obvious reasons. If Drogba joins, the Blues will likely put off signing another long term solution up front, at least until next summer. Do Chelsea still need more signings? Let us know below…last_img read more