Everything is sh*t right now. You ever get those moments in life? The world is crashing down around me.
BUT. You have to put your silly little Western problems in perspective. You’re not dying. And that is golden. Cherish that shit because life is like a box of John Terry’s.
So, look, here’s what I think… my vibe after considering some of the facts is that we’re not signing anyone.
I might be totally wrong. But look, all the DMs have gone or they’ve picked up long term injuries. There aren’t really any strikers of note. If there were, United would have bought them for 6 times the market rate.
That doesn’t leave many other spots.
Then you look at our squad and it’s pretty damn good. We have two starting 11s that are capable of dishing out spankings. Two starting 11s that could compete with most teams in the league.
In defence, look at what we have.
Cech, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin
Chezzer, Gibbs, Gabriel, Chambers, Debuchy
I mean, it’s much of a muchness, right? But bar Chambers (and who knows how good he’ll be this year), those are two very capable defence offerings.
Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil
Wilshere, Rosicky, Ramsey
I’ve excluded Arteta, but he’s another capable player. Both those midfields are more than capable of owning games. All those players are interchangeable and in a very positive way. Throw in the fact that they’re now equipped with tactics and off ball tactics that are up there with the elite of Europe (maybe not in execution, but it’s coming), well, it looks good, right?
Sanchez, Giroud, The Ox
Gnabry, WELBZ, Theo
Ok, so what we lack in potency, we gain in power and pace. Giroud does a job. He does a better one when he has zippy players buzzing around him. That forward line is scary to a defender, especially as they’re now learning the Barca art of swapping in and out of position.
Now think about how all of those names can interchange between the forward line and the midfield. I mean, for me, that gives me a twitch in the pants. Sure, it could always do with a couple of additional names, but if you keep that lot fit and keep the energy in their legs then you have a very, very good chance of doing something special.
First time I’ve really looked at it that way… but we really do have two starting 11s that could do some damage this year. The vibe around the club is the most positive it’s been in 10 years. There’s the feeling something special is afoot.
We have an approach to fitness that now sits in the world class category (not top Legs, Bums and Tums class).
We have our world class keeper who has winning experience and probably loads to offer the club from a Chelsea insider perspective.
We have a liberated backroom team that’s had expertise added to it over the summer.
We have a team buzzing in preseason and ready to rock.
You also have the fact that these players know each other. They’re all pals. They know each others games inside out. They’re also coming into their prime AND THEY WILL ALL BE FIT.
I mean, when you look at it, it’s hard not to envisage a proper challenge this year.
What do you think? Do we need more players? Or do we have enough?
Let us know in the comments!