With just two months of the season remaining, Chelsea find themselves in a great position to ensure this campaign is one to remember. Having clinched the first trophy of the season by defeating Tottenham in the League Cup, they headed into this week’s game with Paris Saint-Germain as favourites to make the last eight of the Champions League but we all know how that turned out!
And with the Premier League title appearing destined for Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho looks as if he is building a team that can dominate the English game for the next few years at least. But despite the positiveness surrounding this Chelsea team, there will be some members of this side who do not share as much of the optimism.
As in any squad, there are those players who find opportunities to impress can be very limited, some more so than others. Andre Schurrle was a prime example of such circumstances, and thus chose to move to Wolfsburg in the January transfer window.
Here are FIVE players who may have to consider this prospect when the transfer window opens this summer:
After impressing at both QPR and Newcastle United since his arrival in the Premier League, French striker Loic Remy had a number of top clubs pursing his signature. After failing to agree a move to Liverpool, the former Marseille forward arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer, however as expected has found first-team opportunities limited. The striker has made just five league starts all season, playing second fiddle to Diego Costa, and even falling behind Didier Drogba in the pecking order at times.
A top class finisher, with pace to burn, Remy is no doubt a useful alternative for Mourinho, but doesn’t appear to be the type of striker that Chelsea will look to accommodate on a permanent basis.
With France set to host the European Championships in 2016, Remy should be doing all he can to ensure to he makes the squad, and may have to look elsewhere in order to do so.
An outstanding servant to the football club, Petr Cech has won the lot with Chelsea and proved a key figure in their Champions League success back in 2012. But as with every great player, there comes a time to move on.
Understudy to promising youngster Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal, Cech could be forgiven for feeling frustrated given the current situation. However despite just four league starts this campaign, Cech has shown great professionalism to keep working hard and step into the side when called upon. There’s no doubting his love for the club, but with plenty more still to offer as a world class goalkeeper, it would be a shame to see Cech’s career end on the Chelsea bench, and it would be hard to see Mourinho standing in his way should an offer present itself this summer.
Another player who won’t have been involved as much as he had hoped for in his first season at Chelsea is Brazilian defender Filipe Luis. The left back was ever so impressive for Spanish side Atletico Madrid last season, not only helping them to a remarkable La Liga title, but a Champions League Final where they were moments away from further glory.
His displays saw Chelsea get the chequebook out once again, but despite his obvious ability, Filipe Luis has been a inconsistent member in the Chelsea starting eleven. With Cesar Azpilicueta the preferred option at left back, Luis has been limited to predominately cup appearances, starting just six games in the Premier League.
A highly dependable option to have, it’s unlikely Chelsea would willing to lose a player of his quality, but there will come a time when the Luis will feel his ability should warrant a regular starting place.
Currently in the prime of his career, John Obi Mikel is primarily a squad player at Stamford Bridge, and barring injuries and suspensions to those in front of him, will probably never be a regular in the side. Clearly content at playing this role, Mikel will always come in and do a decent job for the side when called upon.
But surely there will come a point when he feels the need to be playing week in, week out for a club who can offer him the prospect of doing so. As with Cech, he has won every trophy going with Chelsea, and although he could no doubt collect more medals with the club, he may feel the next few years would be better served trying to do so in a side where he could have more of an impact.
After his Champions League exploits for FC Basel against Chelsea last season, it was little surprise when the Premier League club agreed a deal to bring Mohamed Salah to Stamford Bridge last January.
Also unsurprising, was the Egyptian’s lack of first team football given the strength of attacking options Chelsea have at their disposal. A year on from signing for the club, Salah finds himself in Italy after securing a loan deal with Fiorentina where he has become an instant hit.
The winger has been in outstanding form, scoring in a Europa League victory against Spurs, before a sublime double in Turin knocked Juventus out of the Coppa Italia. Six in eight games since his arrival, has showcased the obvious talents this man has, but again it’s not a shock to see him displaying this elsewhere.
It’s difficult to see him breaking into the Chelsea first team on a regular basis, and with the arrival of Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina in January, it looks increasingly likely he may make Florence his permanent home in the summer, something that already appears would benefit his career.