Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo faces a significant question regarding the future of Joshua McEachran - To loan or not to loan him. THT explains why he should stay.
With a host of players, purchased or promoted to first-team action, Chelsea FC can now look at fielding a variety of different midfield formations. Gone are the days when Lampard, Ballack and Essien virtually pencilled their own names into the starting line-up. Now, with a little bit of imagination, common-sense and a dash of adventure thrown in, Chelsea's midfield can morph into a multitude of forms.
It seems like West London's Blues are making contingency plans to develop successors, and plans, to deal with Lampard's eventual exit in the not so distant future.
Chelsea FC of today is a work in progress. The manager is trying out various combination for getting the best out of his team. Carlo Ancelotti has two unpolished diamonds. One is not working and the other can make it work. TheHardTackle analyses Chelsea's central midfield.
An injury-ravaged Chelsea team travels to Villa Park this weekend, to resume the proceedings after the International break. TheHardTackle previews the fixture that has not been kind to the Blues over the years.