Chelsea Premiership Title Race
There's been plenty of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge this season ,with the Champiosn league winners bringing in a whole host of signings during the summer, including some big money names. The old guard of Johyn Terry, Frank Lampard and even possibly Ashley Cole are now waiting on tender hooks as Roman Abramvich rings the changes.
Andres Villas Boas attempted to do the 'culling' himself, but ultimately fell on his sword, as egos and established Premiership stars failed to realise that their aging limbs and minds were no longer required. Rumours of a summer move to the USA for Frank Lampard did not materialise, as the Chelsea stalwart knuckled down and has put in some good performances along the way. John Terry, meanwhile continues to be veiled under a cloud, and it is clear that Abromovich must make the bold decision sooner rather than later to pull the plug on his long standing captain.
The changes are already being felt, with some exciting new talents arriving at the Bridge during the summer.
These take the form of young Brazilian Oscar, and the exciting Belgian Eden Hazard, signed from Lille for the rumoured price of £32. He has already shown some glimpses of brilliance and looks to be the catalyst in the years ahead for the Blues. Roberto Di Matteo and Roman Abramovich must be delighted with the signs going forward and hopeful the Belgian can form a significant partnership with Spaniard Juan Mata in midfield.
Going forward, there are still signs over the talismatic Fernando Torres, who again continues to look poor, but finds himself in the right place at the right time. The Spanish international has yet to find his form of old, and it remains to be seen how patient Roman Abramovich will be after his big money move from Liverpool.
Solomon Kalou has left the club for Lille, while of course, the legendary Didier Drogba has retired for the quiet live in the Chinese Leagues, and there is no doubt his huge precence around the club will be missed in the years ahead.
The fact that the pressure is now on Torres to fill the boots of the Ivory Coast striker, could be the responsibility the striker is looking for, after a few years in the shadow of the goal scoring legend.
One things for certain, finding the net in Champions League final win over Bayern Munich will have done wonders for his profile, as well as somehow finding his way to the Euro 2012 Golden boot. With so many riches in talents, its surprising that Chelsea still look a little off the pace, and their aging back four line could be the difference between them winning the Premiership title this year or settling for a Champions League, or god forbid, Europa League spot.
Only time will tell.