As the dreaded Christmas fixture list gets played out, managers across the country look to their squads to ascertain which areas need to be bolstered. You can expect to see a fair number of taxis in Chelsea over the New Year, because Rafa Benitez seems convinced that the club needs to buy. They’ve been linked to a lot of players, but there are 5 that seem like they might be more than idle gossip.
1. Radamel Falcao
The big one, literally. Falcao has been in electrifying form ever since he first burst onto the scene as the colossal striker heading up Porto’s 4-3-3. Since then, a big money move to Madrid has done nothing to dampen his reputation, with many now hailing him as the greatest pure no.9 in the world. It’s easy to see why: his touch is tidy, his passing solid, his strength and balance well suited to the Premier League and, most importantly, he is an incredible goals corer. A threat from both the air and the ground, the Columbian would undoubtedly gives the blues the clinical edge they need in the final third. With “the three amigos” playing behind him and rampaging fullbacks supplying a lot of balls from the byline, Falcao could well become Europe’s most prolific scorer if he chooses to move to Stamford Bridge.
2. João Moutinho
As it stands, Chelsea are alarmingly light in midfield. With the suspension of Jon Obi Mikel and the future of Frank Lampard in doubt, Benitez must sign a central midfielder in January or risk crashing out of the top 4. Moutinho seems like the ideal candidate: he’s defensively sound with great positioning and a knack for intercepting the ball. What he really offers though, is a great range of passing and the ability to retain possession. This is something that’s pretty essential for the 4-2-3-1 that Chelsea are playing and something that they are distinctly lacking at the moment. Tottenham are also keenly watching the Portuguese midfielder though, so Roman Abramovich will have to act quickly if he wants to get his targets into SW3 taxis.
3. Marouane Fellaini
The Everton midfielder has undergone something of a renaissance this season. Finally moved forward into a more attacking position by David Moyes, Fellaini has show his true potential by unleashing a series of devastating runs into the box. Many believe him to be both the goalscoring midfielder that will replace Lampard and the physical presence that this blues side lacks in midfield. The question will be whether or not he can learn to curb his temper and put on a consistent run of form.
4. David Villa
With Chelsea desperately in need of goals Villa, who has scored just 2 since the start of the season, may not look to be the best of choices. However, he is just returning from a long injury and everyone knows of his prowess in front of goal. His ability to play on the wing and in the centre will be very important as Chelsea look for versatility from their new additions.
5. Stevan Jovetic
Despite playing as a secondary striker for much of his career, Jovetic has enjoyed a great spell at Fiorentina this season as a more orthodox no.9 His pace and skill with the ball at his feet will be just what Chelsea fans are looking for, whilst his creative mind and superb passing mean that he is more than capable of filling in should Mata, Hazard or Oscar become injured.
The period will also prove to be decisive for the fates of two of the club’s Spaniards. Benitez will have to solve structural problems, motivate the squad and secure a top 4 finish if he has any hope of staying on beyond the summer. Meanwhile Fernando Torres is aware that this is his final chance to prove himself. Roman Abramovich has proven to be utterly ruthless in the past so the pair of them may well find themselves in Chelsea taxis this summer unless they can pull out all the stops.
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5 January Transfer Targets for Chelsea FC