It’s no secret that Chelsea are currently 15th in the Premier League and opposition fans are finally taking the opportunity to mock their blue rivals for their abysmal start. You have to remember that we are talking about the current Premier League champions here, Eden Hazard is arguably the best player currently roaming the top flight, and last season steely defence has been preserved over the summer. I look into the ways that Chelsea can reignite their top four chances and possibly a title push.
I’m sure many of the Stamford Bridge faithful will comply that captain John Terry needs to return to the starting eleven. Kurt Zouma was found ball watching for Ayoze Perez’s opening strike in yesterday’s 2-2 draw with the Toon army, and despite being one of the most prosperous talents in Europe I feel he still lacks the World Class nous to mix it with the best on a consistent level. JT has been through thick and thin with the club, from the infamous Champions League penalty slip of 2008, to lifting the trophy in 2012, Chelsea’s number 26 has seen it all. His superb leadership would allow him to marshal the backline with authority, something that has been severely lacking since his dismissal against West Brom
The name that may come as a surprise to many of you is Brazilian dynamo Ramires. He was the savour of yesterday’s draw, his rocket of a shot 10 minutes from time was the catalyst for Chelsea to grab a point at St James’ Park. His bustling nature and explosive work-rate makes him the perfect candidate to slot into the lacklustre looking midfield. Nemanja Matic has offered little defensive protection, and despite Ramires’ lung busting runs, he would shield the defence from any blistering counter attacks, something they have been prone to in the opening 8 matches.
The final name on my list may be a controversial one. Diego Costa. Yes the bruising frontman has hit the headlines in recent days for all the wrong reasons but his undoubted ability to grab a crucial is something indispensable to Mourinho’s men. Many have said that his magnificent introductory season in the Premier League was down to the shock factor, and now that defenders know how to deal with his physical style, the threat will be nullified. I couldn’t disagree more, alongside Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero, the Spaniard was in the upper echelons of the scoring charts last term. This potent nature is not something that disappears overnight. He has shown glimpses of his old self in the past few games and I feel when he returns from his ban he could be the perfect medicine to overcome Chelsea’s disastrous slump.