Chelsea fell to a second successive friendly defeat on Friday, not particularly scary news considering the team who lost to Ajax was mostly young and today's defeated team consisted of players playing their first game since the World Cup.
The worrying part is that to retain the title we surely need to strengthen in certain parts where we we're perhaps lacking last season - added to the fact that our ageing squad is yet another year older.
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The release of a few players and signing of Yossi Benayoun is surely not enough to compete for another year - although we do undeniably have some interesting talent coming through the ranks, many aren't ready for the travails of a full Premier League season just yet.
So what do we need?
Looking at the past two friendlies it is a bit alarming that our goalkeeping backup is not good enough. Two games and two basic errors of judgements in friendlies can be forgotten and forgiven, but if a lapse of judgement was too happen in the league with it now being so tight it could be very costly.
Midfield is looking slightly weaker with the loss of Cole, Ballack and Belletti. The return of Essien however is worth a £50m signing in itself and there is no doubt that Benayoun has bundles of talent and is a worthy addition to the lineup. The worry is that we are slightly lacking in creativity - it is unfortunate that the Aguero rumours haven't really turned into reality. Somebody along those lines would be a perfect fit and a great outlet to a strong attack. Neymar may well be the man/teen to take on this job and looking at the footage on YouTube he looks like hot property.
Defensively it appears that we may be losing Carvalho, something I touched upon in my last post, to be replaced by David Luiz of Benfica. Hopefully if this is the case he can fill those exceptional boots, Ricky has been an exceptional player and was worth every penny of his £20.5m transfer fee from Porto. It is also worth pointing out that Alex is still a Chelsea player and Jeffrey Bruma has just become a Dutch first team player, surely a sign that he is ready for some sort of role this season.
On the back of a very successful season for our youth team who have just added the Milk Cup to their trophy haul we do indeed have some interesting talent coming through. None for me more exciting than Gael Kakuta - who has just earned himself an U-19 Euro Championships Winners Medal. We caught a glimpse of him against Wolves in the league last season, and think he may be featured a bit more this season, perhaps only in cup competition but in some form.
Good to be back, excited for the Community Shield next week and hopefully this we will have some transfer news to comment on.
Keep the blue flag flying high.
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