Chelsea FC parted ways with Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and David Luiz this summer, but the Blues were quick to make a splash in the transfer market yet again.
Jose Mourinho didn’t really spend too much money during his first summer back at the London club. The 2013-2014 season saw some role players introduced into the mix, but there were no huge signings throughout the season. There was also a lack of silverware in the Portuguese man’s return to Stamford Bridge.
This summer is completely different, and fans will hope the season ends differently as well. Mourinho made it clear that he has wanted a predatory striker since day one, and most everyone thinks that he will get his wish with Diego Costa. The former Atletico Madrid man impressed the Chelsea players and management in the two teams’ semifinal clash in the Champions League, and a 36-goal haul made the Spanish striker a priority for the Blues.
Costa will compete with Fernando Torres to be the starting striker for Chelsea. The two Spaniards both underwhelmed at the World Cup, but Torres is the player who has suffered a long-term dip in form. Costa had no reliable teammates as Spain crashed in the group stages. The one positive is that both strikers should be well rested. Torres will be pushed by Costa, and it is very likely that the newcomer will oust him as the go-to man up top.
Cesc Fabregas, yet another Spaniard, is the second biggest signing for Chelsea FC. The former Arsenal man is making his return to the Premier League after an up and down spell at Barcelona. The 27-year-old should slide in seamlessly next to Nemanja Matic. Fabregas will help the club replace the legendary Frank Lampard. He has great vision, the ability to score important goals and he can land crunching tackles. Fabregas should become a crucial part of Mourinho’s plans very soon.
Filipe Luis is also making the move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea FC. The Brazilian left back will push Cesar Azpilicueta for the starting job. Azpilicueta did a fine job last season for the Blues, but the natural right back may be in a bit of a predicament. The Spaniard’s versatility may force him into an uncomfortable role of switching between the left and right. Branislav Ivanovic has been a Chelsea favorite for years and is unlikely to be moved to the bench. Luis may not start immediately, but he will help ease the loss of Ashley Cole.
The La Liga trio have the potential to give Chelsea that missing piece from the puzzle that could bring home silverware. Mourinho lamented that he did not have a fantastic striker, and Costa seems to fit that description. Fabregas will ease the loss of Lampard and Luis will replace Cole. The squad is now much stronger, and the only need is one more center back. Chelsea FC has reloaded, and the Blues will look to contend on all fronts.