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Don’t listen to anyone, the future is bright

Not long ago, we were all writing off Chelsea’s chances of being a real challenger in the Premier League title race this season, and many were questioning whether Andre Villas-Boas was really up to the job of managing them. Yet, aside from the Wigan game last weekend, things suddenly seem to be on the up for those at Stamford Bridge.

The win over Manchester City only served to highlight to those looking at money back specials what a threat Chelsea still carry, and was a huge warning to them and United that this was most certainly not a two horse race. There is much quality in the Blues’ squad, and if they can navigate a potentially tricky Christmas trilogy of Tottenham, Fulham and Aston Villa, they will almost certainly be within a shout coming into the final straight.

It is essential that Villas-Boas is given time to build his Chelsea team the way he wants to. Any calls for his head earlier on in the season were far to premature. Silverware must not be considered the be all and end all this campaign, as it quite apparent that the club is going through a transitional phase right now.

Many of the players who starred in their title winning days have either moved on or are ageing, so it is important that new talent is brought in to replace them. That does not mean signing a player who is 27 or 28, and supposedly in the prime of their career – their prime is hardly going to last much longer.

Chelsea have plenty of experienced players in their squad to help the young players adapt to playing in their first team, and that will be essential over the next couple of seasons.

We have already seen the fantastic progress being made by the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Oriol Romeu at Stamford Bridge, and they set the bench mark for any other new recruits.

One player to have been recently linked is Everton’s Jack Rodwell. There is no doubting what a quality player he is, and at only 20 years of age, he is just the sort of player Chelsea should be looking to. He might not walk straight into the first team, but he can absolutely be moulded into a top quality player for years to come.

It would be foolish to speculate as to just who Villas-Boas should be signing – he is a fabulous young manager, and clearly has his head screwed on. He will definitely make the right decision when it comes to signing new players. Will he look to raid his former club, Porto for some of their exciting talent, however? Or will he pursue Chelsea’s supposedly long term target, Eden Hazard instead.

Only time will tell, but it is clear that Villas-Boas has very exciting plans for Chelsea, and I for one cannot wait to see what they are.


Written by TCB reader Thomas Rooney



Blue is the colour is an honest insight to the World of Chelsea FC. Not always pretty, sometimes rather cynical, but always realistic.


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