Mourinho’s heading back to town apparently. So there’ll be plenty of talk over the coming months as to who he’ll be bringing with him, and who will be shipped out. If there was a part of the team well-blessed with talent-aplenty, most Blues fans would think that the midfield was that area. Jose however, may not agree. Reports have suggested that a £30million bid from Chelsea for the Croat will be landing on Real Madrid’s desk as soon as the Portuguese is settled into the manager’s chair again. Would that be a wise move however?
In a season that proved to be a bit of a curate’s egg, Chelsea managed to finish in third place – after a struggle – and still snaffled the regulation trophy that is the bare requirements of the club. The Europa league however, only just scrapes over the line. In amongst all of the trials and tribulations that the club has endured in another season of upset and triumph, the one shining light, apart from the customary excellence of Petr Cech, has been the emergence of the three ‘number tens’ in the team, and how they have quickly knitted together to provide not only the prompting for the squad’s lightweight strike force, but also netted in the big games themselves.
Juan Mata has been outstanding, and Eden Hazard in his first season in the Premier League looks every inch the blossoming world talent that his reputation suggested he would be. The Brazilian tyro Oscar has promise running through him and has shown an admirable appetite to conform to the rigours of the English game. It’s therefore, at one and the same time, both interesting and curious to consider why Mourinho would want to risk upsetting this vastly promising section of the team, or think that this is the area requiring improvement.
Truth be told, Jose has never been one for conforming to the obvious. Equally, he only needs to point to his record of success. It would however be a dangerous game if the club dropped Modric into the mix and risked damaging the elegant flow of football produced by Mata, Hazard and Oscar. Mourinho will want to make his mark on the club and its players, but surely, there’re more important issues to address than this.