Top four ways Andre Villas-Boas can turn it round at Chelsea
By the end of Wednesday evening and after a 2-1 loss in Leverkusen, nothing could mask the eruption of crisis talk surrounding the Stamford Bridge club. Not even the assortment of face masks on display
Andre Villas-Boas’s job hangs in the balance and so do the contracts of many of the Chelsea flops we have seen over the past weeks. AVB now has one hell of a hill to climb, not only o protect his £13 million job but also to now protect the integrity of his players and the rest of the club.
So, what can AVB do to turn it round?
1. Play the youngsters
Many have said kids cannot win you trophies but neither can an ageing, slowing team and that is what is happening to Chelsea at the moment. The old guard of Drogba, Anelka, Lampard and Terry cannot be played week in, week out. With the young talent of Josh McEachran, Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu sitting on the bench, surely it is about time AVB pulled his finger out and added some much needed energy and youth to his team of withering pensioner that simply aren’t getting him the results he needs.
2. Not play David Luiz at centre-back
At this point in time the Sideshow Bob lookalike is perhaps the most laughable defender in the Premier League, but that is not to say that he is not a talented player. His characteristics of charging up field and popping up all over the pitch are a nightmare for a centre-half, but if he were played in midfield his sheer skill on the ball and his attacking integrity could leave him with an important role with Chelsea. One thing is certain: his defending is dragging the Blues down at present. The below-par John Terry is left over-exposed by a defensive partner as unstable as Luiz.
3. Make Daniel Sturridge the number one striker
With Drogba and Torres unable to find their form, surely the young England international – who has outscored all of Chelsea’s other strikers this season – must be AVB’s number one. Sturridge was by far the best performer in Leverkusen and has been very consistent this season, which is more than can be said for £50 million flop Torres. With Sturridge establishing chemistry with the ever creative Juan Mata, Chelsea cannot persist with Torres any longer and must use Sturridge to their full advantage.
4. SPEND, SPEND, and SPEND in January!
With Roman Abramovich’s huge financial resources there is no one on the market that Chelsea cannot buy. With huge gaping holes in certain positions, particularly right-back, centre-back and defensive midfield it is about time some investment was made. The Russian owner will have to accept that Chelsea’s youth system has not yet produced the talent they need and that he has to help Chelsea to buy their success back.