John Terry will remain as Chelsea captain confirms incoming coach Jose Mourinho. The move signals the restoration of the ‘old guard’ which served the former Madrid manager so well in his first spell. But is this is a step in the wrong direction?
One Step Forward and Two Back…
Chelsea have spent the last four seasons putting the building blocks in place for a solid manageable future. Mourinho was hugely successful in his first spell at the club but has a reputation for short term thinking and big spending. His first stint as manager saw the arrival of highly pricy stars such as Drogba, Essien, Cole and Robben.
There was little focus on developing younger talent into the first team squad and already there are suggestions of players such as Brazilian star Hulk being added to the pool. So will Jose’s strategy change or are Chelsea going to be left with another rebuilding process when he moves on once again?
Change of Stance?
Sources close to the club have hinted at a return for on loan Romelu Lukaku, signed with the future in mind, he spent a very successful season at West Brom. It demonstrates that a focus on youth may be part of the new regime.
Only time will tell, but the early signs are more of big spending, entertaining press conferences and domestic success.
Dressing room chemistry is also an issue, the power base of senior players at Chelsea have long held the ability to control. The return of Mourinho could cause dressing room divisions once again and result in the loss of quality players in the long term.