Chelsea FC’s form in the English Premier League this campaign has been anything less than dismal. The most recent news involving Jose Mourinho and Chelsea FC parting ways has had many wondering who will replace the Portuguese manager.
Not many are going on about how has Chelsea FC got to this point today. While many pundits will point to the underwhelming performance of Chelsea’s current squad. The blame has to be equally placed on whoever sold off the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Filipe Luis, Andre Schurrle, Mohammed Salah, and Juan Cuadrado.
Romelu Lukaku has tallied 12 goals and four assists for Everton in the English Premier League. The young Belgian goal scorer was sold off by Chelsea in the 2014 summer transfer window. The only standout player for Chelsea this season has been Willian. There is only so much that Willian can cover in the midfield. Another Chelsea giveaway was Kevin De Bruyne; since he was acquired by Manchester City De Bruyne has scored four goals and notched six assists. Chelsea sold the Belgian to Wolfsburg in the 2014 January transfer window.
The blues also thinned their squad more when they sold Schurrle to Wolfsburg back in February. Mohamed Salah made an immediate impact when Chelsea sent him on loan to Fiorentina in Italy, which saw Juan Cuadrado swap Florence for London. At the end of the last Serie A Salah remained on a loan deal but instead found himself at AS Roma. Roma signed the Egyptian to a permanent deal immediately after their Champions League defeat to Bate Borisov.
Cuadrado found life challenging in London only appearing in 13 matches for the blues. Juan Cuadrado signed a season long loan deal with Juventus at the end of August 2015. Despite Juventus’ rocky start to Serie A, Cuadrado has cemented himself into the Bianconeri squad. Juventus have also turned their start around too. The Vecchia Signora have clawed their way into fourth place only six points behind first place Internazionale di Milano.
Another major issue at Chelsea is their lack of pace in defense. Chelsea has conceded a total of 26 goals out of 16 games in the Premier League so far. The blues also let an electric left back return to where he enjoyed life, Filipe Luis. The Brazilian left back only made 15 appearances for Chelsea and did manage to score a beautiful free kick goal in his brief time in a blue jersey. Filipe Luis rejoined Atletico Madrid in July 2015 on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The Brazilian defender made an immediate return for the Colchoneros playing in 13 of Atletico’s 15 La Liga matches. Atletico Madrid’s defense is one to marvel at also since the Rojiblancos have only conceded seven goals out of 15 matches played in the league.
The numbers do not lie and if you were to ask Chelsea supporters many would argue among themselves about which players should have been kept and sold. The majority of them do agree that Mourinho leaving is a very “displeasing” note to this campaign for the Blues.