Chelsea have made a wretched start to their 2015-16 Premier League campaign. Lying 16th in the league table, the Blues have picked up only 11 points so far and becoming the first BPL title-holders to average less than a point from their first 12 matches.
A lot has been said and written about the probable reasons behind Chelsea’s astonishing downfall this campaign. Manager Jose Mourinho is facing a herculean task to turn the tide, while doubts remain over his long term future at the London club.
If we scan through daily newspapers, we get the impression that Chelsea are looking to sell some of their under performing players next summer, as Mourinho wants to rebuild the squad to his own taste.
Here we take a look at five such Chelsea players who could face the exit next summer.
The Spain international made an instant impact at Chelsea, when he scored seven goals in his first four games, and 21 in total in all competitions.
In the 2015/16 campaign, he has managed only three goals for his club so far. But most importantly, his uncontrolled aggression has only put him trouble, as he picked up bans and missed crucial games for his club.
If the reports in the UK press are to be believed, Chelsea are planning to replace him with one or two strikers in the January transfer window. Although, such rumours should not be taken too seriously, but Costa may face an early exit should his performances remain poor for the rest of the season.
Mourinho took a huge gamble when he signed Falcao this summer on a season-long loan.
He vowed to bring the best out of the Colombian international, but probably now understands it was one of the biggest gambles he took in his illustrious managerial career.
Falcao, flopped badly at Manchester United, hasn’t been the same player anymore who once used to score goals for fun.
Injuries have robbed his predatory instincts in front of goal and the Colombian doesn’t give the impression of a player who can be relied upon in tough times.
No way Chelsea would extend his loan stay. Over to you Jorge Mendes to find him a wealthier club who will pay his massive wage packages.
The Brazilian was destined for greatness at Chelsea. When he scored that famous Zola-esque goal against Juventus in his Champions League debut for the Blues, Chelsea fans fell in love with him instantly.
However, for reasons unknown, Oscar has failed to live up to the expectations at Chelsea. It’s not like he fared poorly, but with him the expectation levels are exceedingly high.
The Brazilian has managed only six games in the league so far. His performances have dipped massively and it seems his future lies away from the Bridge.
If the reports are to be believed, Serie A giants Juventus are keen to sign him next season. Probably the time is right for him to move elsewhere and fulfil his true potential.
Chelsea paid over-the-odds to re-sign Nemanja Matic from Benfica in the 2014 January transfer window. And the lad from Serbia did make a huge impact for the Blues.
He was the midfield supremo for Chelsea alongside Cesc Fabregas, as was pivotal in the Blues’ Premier League triumph last season.
However, due to a loss of form and confidence, he has struggled badly this term. He lost his first team place to Ramires, and as per reports, could be heading out of Bridge next summer.
Chelsea do not want to part ways with their talisman forward. Hazard might be struggling for form this season but he still remains one of the most important players for Chelsea. The Belgian likewise is committed to the Chelsea project and has revealed his love for the club time and again.
But can he really avoid the lure of joining the biggest club in the world if Real Madrid come up with a huge offer for him next summer?
Most importantly can Chelsea resist the temptation of entering into a blockbuster transfer should Madrid offer a world record fee for the Belgium winger?
Chelsea would easily sanction the departure, pocket the £90-95m from the sale, and re-invest the money wisely in the squad.