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THREE Players That Could Replace Chelsea Legend

Every so often, a player walks into a club and nobody really knows what to expect from them. When Didier Drogba arrived at Chelsea all those years ago, many were sceptical; when he left, the whole fanbase probably shed a tear or two. However, you sometimes have big expectations when a player arrives and that was the case with Fernando Torres. He was a star for Liverpool and, £50 million later, Chelsea fans couldn’t wait to see him in action for their club. Unfortunately for the Blues, we all know how that turned out.

Ashley Cole had a small, but good reputation. Having experienced success at Arsenal, there was a good feeling amongst the fans about the signing of the left-back. Fast forward to 2014 and you won’t find many that wouldn’t consider him a legend of Chelsea Football Club. However, his time at Stamford Bridge is now at an end, with the 33-year-old set to sign for Roma.

Here are three left-backs that could replace Cole:

1. Filipe Luis – This is the man that refused to speak to his current club, Atletico Madrid, to try and force a move to Chelsea. It is clear that the Brazilian would like to move to Chelsea and I think Jose Mourinho should go after him. Luis proved that he is a very capable full-back who can attack as well as he can defend. The 28-year-old is just always where you want him to be and he provides a fantastic outlet for his team. He would be a solid replacement.

2. Ricardo Rodriguez – The Swiss full-back had an incredible World Cup for his national side and he gave himself a stage to show the world what he has been doing at Wolfsburg all season. At just 21 years of age, he is so advanced for someone so young. The defender is unselfish, constantly makes the right decisions and would do anything to help his team. His work-rate is immense and his ability on the ball just as commendable. If you want a good left-back that could be with you for anything up to 15 years then Rodriguez is your man.

3. Alex Sandro – Sandro is a very gifted player that has been churning out brilliant performances for Porto for a few seasons now. He has Champions League experience, but is unfortunately overlooked for his country, Brazil. Some say that he is more of an attacker than a defender because of his strengths going forward, although he has worked very hard to prove that he is just as good at the back. The 23-year-old should certainly be an option for Mourinho.

Mourinho Eyes Chelsea Left-Back Solution – Why Argentina Man Could Boost The Blues’ Defence

Plenty of players have made names for themselves at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, but the spotlight shines even brighter as the competition enters its final stages.  One man whose team have made the semi-finals is Marcos Rojo who, according to the Metro, happens to be a target of Chelsea.

The Argentina defender has played a key role in taking his country to within two games of lifting the trophy, despite being suspended for the quarter-final against Belgium.  A fee of £15 million is what Jose Mourinho is reportedly willing to offer to bring Rojo to Stamford Bridge.

At just 24 years of age, the player could prove to be a really good signing for the Blues if they were to get him.  Cesar Azpilicueta was preferred to Ashley Cole at left-back for much of last season, and with the latter now having left the club the side are a bit short in that position.  Acquiring the services of Rojo would provide them with someone who has recently adapted to playing on the left after spending most of his earlier career at centre-back.  It would also give Mourinho the option of playing Azpilicueta in his more natural role on the right side of the pitch.

Apart from being a quality young player who is currently proving himself on the world stage, Rojo’s versatility would make him an interesting prospect for many top clubs.  If he is to soon land in the Premier League, the Sporting Lisbon defender has both the youthfulness and the potential to become a star.

Roma Look To Snap Up Former Chelsea Left-Back – Why He Would Be A Good Signing

After spending his entire career playing in England’s capital, Ashley Cole looks set to join a club from Italy’s.  It would certainly be interesting to see how the left-back fares should he make the move abroad.

According to the Metro, Roma are close to completing a deal to bring Cole to the Stadio Olimpico.  Having recently left Chelsea, the only other clubs the player has represented since turning professional are Arsenal and Crystal Palace.  Now 33 years of age, he has seen it all and done it all domestically, winning an incredible three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and one League Cup.  Cole also experienced Champions League and Europa League glory towards the end of his time at Stamford Bridge, and can currently boast 105 career appearances in Europe’s premier club competition.

With Roma recently finishing as runners up in Serie A, their best finish since 2010, Cole would be able to continue his 14-year run of playing in the Champions League should he make the switch.  A player with such experience and who has been considered one of the best left-backs in the world for a long time now would be a massive signing for the Italian side and someone who could really help them push on next season.

THREE Centre-Backs Who Could Replace David Luiz For Chelsea

Chelsea are a team who have been left with a sour taste in their mouth after the 2013/14 season ended trophyless for them, despite the return of ‘The Special One’. Jose Mourinho is now more determined than ever to win a trophy and he is eyeing the big one: the Premier League title. So far the Portuguese manager has made some big steps in his pursuit of Premier League glory next season, as he has bought Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. These are two great signings who will vastly improve Chelsea’s attack. However, the club have also sold David Luiz, weakening their defence.

Here are three centre-backs that the Blues could sign to replace Luiz:

1. Mehdi Benatia – The Roma centre-back had an incredible season in last year’s Serie A. He kept everything ticking over in defence and provided one of the strongest foundations in Europe. Not a lot got past Benatia’s defence and that is a credit to his leadership qualities and also his ability as a defender. He will be very expensive, but David Luiz was sold for an extraordinary amount so it is not like Chelsea won’t have the funds.

2. Eliaquim Mangala – The Porto defender is everything you want in a modern centre-back, as he is as good with his feet as he is at defending. He is a powerful player who possesses pace as well as strength. His height gives him an advantage in the air and that is why wins most most aerial duels. It also makes him a danger when attacking set-pieces. Nothing strikes fear into an opponent more than having to defend a set-piece against a cente-back who is famed for being dangerous in these positions. In that sense, Mangala is very much like Gary Cahill and John Terry.

3. Mats Hummels – The German always features on these lists as he is such a good defender. However, injuries have prevented him from really unlocking his potential. Nevertheless, when fit, he is a crucial player for club and country. Like Mangala, he possesses all the qualities that a modern centre-back should have. The Borussia Dortmund man is very dynamic and athletic which allows him to make recovery tackles if an opponent gets beyond him. This is a helpful ability to have with the game increasingly becoming faster.

Chelsea Step In On Kroos’ Real Madrid Move – Why The Midfielder Could End Up At Stamford Bridge

Having previously been a target for Manchester United, Toni Kroos now looks set to be the subject of a tug-of-war between Real Madrid and Chelsea.  With the Blues reportedly matching last season’s Champions League winners’ offer, where the player ends up could depend on his own preference.

According to the Metro, a fee for the Bayern Munich to move to the Bernabeu had been agreed but Chelsea have now matched that in an attempt to conclude a deal of their own.  The 24-year-old’s price tag is believed to be just under £20 million.

Kroos came through the ranks at Bayern and has made 130 Bundesliga appearances for the club.  This is an impressive feat for someone so young and also shows his potential suitors that he does not lack experience.  Featuring over 200 times in all competitions for the Bavarians, he also spent time playing for the side’s reserve team in the German lower divisions prior to a season-and-a-half on loan at Bayern Leverkusen.

Both Madrid and Chelsea will be looking to push on next season, as 2013/14 ultimately saw them left behind after third-placed finishes in La Liga and the Premier League respectively.  Kroos is a man who can help them do exactly that, but who wins the race for the Germany international’s signature is set to be determined after the World Cup.

Blues Let Eto’o Go Too Soon – Why Chelsea Should Have Kept Hold Of Cameroon Striker

The Blues’ search for a striker to complement Diego Costa is slowly grinding to a halt as they look set to stick with Demba Ba and Fernando Torres. Both are decent options, as Chelsea need to have depth to compete on all fronts. Both have also shown themselves to be consistent goalscorers, it hasn’t really happened for them at Chelsea. They have chipped in with some key goals, but nothing substantial to warrant a stay ahead of someone like Samuel Eto’o.

Eto’o was only signed on a one-year contract, but he outperformed both Torres and Ba. But, depite this, the Blues decided not to extend Eto’o’s contract and he is now a free agent. Talksport are reporting that the Cameroon international wants to stay in the Premier League. The website have stated that Everton and Arsenal are monitoring him as they both look to add more depth to their attack.

If Chelsea are looking for depth, yet have kept hold of Torres and Ba and not Eto’o, then that is a poor decision from Jose Mourinho. Nine goals and five assists in 21 Premier League games is not a bad return. Torres and Ba each scored just five times in the Premier League, so their combined goal tally only beat Eto’o’s by one.

Eto’o was the far more clinical striker and, despite his age, I think it shoud have been him who remained at Chelsea. He would be a good back-up to Costa because he has maintained his pace, but also hasn’t lost his awareness in the final third.

Chelsea Will Struggle To Keep Three Goalkeepers Happy – Why Jose Mourinho Has A Big Decision To Make

With Thibaut Courtois seemingly returning to Stamford Bridge for good after three years on loan at Atletico Madrid, Chelsea look set to have two world class goalkeepers competing for a place in the team.  Petr Cech is the man the Belgium international would have to displace, with veteran Mark Schwarzer no slouch either despite his role as back-up.  The London Evening Standard have reported that the situation means Chelsea’s Czech stopper may have to consider his options.

Barely 22 years of age, Courtois has an incredible wealth of experience for someone so young.  In domestic competitions alone he has won a Belgian Cup, Belgian Pro League title, Copa del Rey and La Liga title.  Europa League glory in 2012 was almost followed up with that in the Champions League last season, as Atletico were unlucky to lose to their city rivals in the final.

Despite a reputation for preferring maturity over youth, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could well hand Courtois a starting role for the Blues in the upcoming season.  Being 22-years-old would see most players dubbed as a ‘youngster’, but for goalkeepers it seems so much more significant due to the longevity of their careers.

It cannot be said that Chelsea do not currently have variety in their goalkeepers.  When Schwarzer turns 42 in October, there will be two decades between him and Courtois.  Cech will be 10 years either side of them, but will the Blues still have their happy medium?

Anfield A Possible Destination For Blues Defender – Why The Chelsea Man Must Move On

As Ashley Cole departs and Chelsea’s pursuit of Atletico Madrid’ Filipe Luis heats up, there remains one left-back at Stamford Bridge who must be feeling pretty unloved.  Having spent the second half of last season on loan at Aston Villa, Ryan Bertrand recently returned to his parent club with a much better chance of getting a game.  It seems, however, that he is not the man Jose Mourinho wants.

To be fair to the 24-year-old, even Chelsea stalwart Cole struggle for playing time last season, as the Blues’ Portuguese manager preferred to use right-back Cesar Azpilicueta in a left-sided role.  With no sign of Bertrand’s situation changing at Stamford Bridge, the Independent have linked the player with a move to Liverpool.

The defender is at an age where he needs to be playing regularly and, having had to endure six loan spells with six different clubs, it is unlikely he would be willing to accept another temporary move.  Rumoured to be available for around £8 million, Brendan Rodgers could snap him up to the fill the Reds’ problem left-back position.

Twice capped by England, Bertrand clearly has something about him.  Whether or not Jose Mourinho appreciates that is another matter, and a switch to Anfield could well be on the cards.