Saturday, 9 July 2011
The Summer so Far - Chelsea
A quiet start on player front for Chelsea as they have been linked to a lot of players, but as yet no such activity. This clearly has a lot to do with the fact that a new manager has been put in place, Andre Villas Boas. I would love to hear from Chelsea fans on the appointment of this manager.
My views are that he has the potential to be a very very successful manager, in the same mould of a Mourinho and a Guardiola (the new age in football managers). He has proved his talent at Porto as the main man, however, a concern I have is that the Portuguese League is not the strongest league in Europe. It is a huge step up for managers and players alike to be a part of the English Premier League, the best league in Europe. The expectations of the club and the fans, and the huge pressure put on everyone in the game by the British Media. This will be a lot for the young manager to cope with. My other concern with this appointment is for AVB himself, that's the Abramovich factor. An owner so desperate for success that has so little patience in managers, that it could be tough for a young up and coming manager to have to hit the ground running straight away. Not an easy thing to do, and certainly not easy in the competitive Premier League.
Player wise, I expect a very high profile striker to come to the club and certainly the midfield of Chelsea needs to be bolstered too. The midfield became a concern last year with the ageing Lampard and the unfortunate injury problems to Essien, is putting too much pressure on the likes of Ramires and Mikel who I believe are far from being the finished article.
Chelsea fans, who would you like to see join your club? Where do you need strengthening?