Who do we need to bring in this summer?!
Oh, how I'd love to see this again. Yes, this may be another post debating our possible sum...
|Oh, how I'd love to see this again.|
Speculation is at a high.
So, who do we NEED? I've been thinking on it a lot lately. As much as this pains may pain me to say, I don't think that we're a world-class striker away from being a team like Barca, Bayern, United, etc. Don't get me wrong - We can compete with the best of them, as we've shown United thrice this year. But to have the same consistency as these teams, week in, week out, I can't shake this feeling that we need something more. Yet, for the life of me, I can't put my finger on it.
Obviously, a striker is a starting point. Torres has earned my respect (as a person) in recent weeks with the way he's handled this speculation about his future with class and dignity. He knows better than anyone that he's had a rough run of things in a blue shirt and that most of the supporters would rather see him heading for the exit - but he's always been classy, respectful, and thankful to any/all support the fans give him. Having said that, as a player, he's not doing it for me. A super sub, maybe - but we need greater consistency than him or Ba is offering. I also don't think Lukaku is the answer. Yet. So that leaves us needing a big-game striker (for the love of God, someone who comes through like Drogba, please?!). I love the idea of Falcao, but in practicality, I don't like that we'd either have to give up Courtois, or that we'd have to fork out more than $50 million for him. He's pure class, yes, and would be a truly fantastic addition, but I question the feasibility.
This is what has been bothering me. Yet, if I logically think it out, we've got quality all over the pitch.
Defense - Azpi (who I think is developing into a solid RB); Ivanovic (who is often supremely underrated - he's always good for a few goals off set pieces); Terry has still got it, and his leadership qualities are invaluable; Luiz is truly maturing, becoming the world-class talent we were promised upon purchase, and an assured first-teamer, whether that be in midfield or in defense. Cahill is our "Terry of the future". Leader, willing to lay it all on the line, and a motivator. Cole still has the wheels he always has, and still the brilliant lock-down defender we need. He's also still one of the best at getting forward. Bertrand has got some refinement to do, but being home-grown and with the quality that we've seen him flash at times, I believe he's one to stick with for the future.
Midfield - Ramires is, for me, indispensable. He's the definition of all-purpose. A box-to-box midfielder. His defense is generally his second responsibility, but there have been countless times he's tracked back to break up a big counter, often times beating some defenders back. His talent and creativity going forward has been fantastic in support behind MAZACAR. Mikel is one that I tend to be hard on (one reason being he NEVER MAKES A FORWARD PASS), but his defensive quality is undeniable. Lampard deserves another year, if not for his yearly contribution of a dozen goals, for his leadership qualities. I don't think there's much to argue about that. Romeu unfortunately got his season cut short, but I think he could be a first-teamer over Mikel, assuming he didn't lose his step through injury.
Strikers - Torres was addressed earlier. Ba is a super-sub and an impact player for me. I don't see him being a week-in, week-out scoring machine. Lukaku has never really been given the chance to shine in Blue, but his spell at West Brom this season has made me hopeful for the future - nonetheless, I don't think he's ready to be our #1.
So there's my logical (possibly biased?) analysis of most of the first-team squad. Like I said earlier, other than a striker, where do we need strengthening? Am I just being pessimistic? Or do we just need more time for our guys to 'gel' together and breed that winning spirit?
As always, I'm genuinely interested to hear what the CD community has to say on this - I'm eager to know if the lack of trophies is causing a withdrawl and I'm losing my mind in pessimism, or if anyone else feels the same!
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