With Chelsea's squad set to be tested badly over the next few weeks, I'll take now as an opportunity to detail where I think our squad is good, and where it needs strengthening. Love to hear your thoughts.
Obviously the goalkeepers are looking reasonable - Petr Cech is World Class, and Hilario seems capable when he has been called into action. Our youth team keeper Rhys Taylor has yet to be given his chance, but from what I hear he is a dependable third-choice.
Our defence has gone from strength-to-strength recently with Ivanovic finally putting in performances that made him a worthy member of Serbia's Fantastic Four. With Bosingwa, Belletti, Ferreira and Cole we have at least two top-class players fighting for each position on the flanks. Alex and Carvalho fight it out for the spot alongside Terry in the middle, with the adept but young Jack Cork on stand-by.
The central midfield is jam-packed with talent - Mikel, Essien, Ballack, Lamps and Deco fight for two or three spots (depending on the formation) and every one of them would get into the majority of the first-teams in the Premier League. Down teh wings is where we could perhaps do with strenthening - though not with on-loan Quaresma, who has yet to impress. Cole, Kalou and Malouda don't have enough pace between them, which is crucial when we don't really have it up-front.
Droggers and Anelka are proven quality, but when one of them is injured or suspended we struggle to have that cutting edge. We need a replacement for Shevchenko, and someone to really compete for a place in the team with those two. No disrespect to Franco Di Santo, but we need proven quality.
Overall its a sound squad, but if I could bring one player in it would be a jinking Arjen Robben (when he was on form) as he has the pace and skill to make it all that much more exciting.
Who do you think is our weakest link?