Jose Mourinho and co. will need to make big decisions about our two English midfielders for the upcoming season – Nathaniel Chalobah and Josh McEachran. Mourinho was spotted at Wembley in the Play-Off Final watching Chalobah while McEachran will be also hoping to make the step up into the Premier League..
The tried and tested Michael Essien will be back amongst the ranks at Chelsea this summer and it looks like we may see a lot more of him than we have in the last couple of years. He has played a big part in the second half of the season at Real Madrid with his versatility at right back and in the middle of midfield. The last six months will have guaranteed a return to the Chelsea squad for next season.
Leyla Hamed @leylahamed – Real Madrid fan writes on Essien
“Real Madrid’s on-loan midfielder Michael Essien will return to Chelsea now the La Liga season has drawn to a close, leaving a remarkable season behind him. The tenacious midfielder has offered much more than anyone had expected.
Although he initially signed to give some rest to Sami Khedira, his versatility allowed Mourinho to place him on the field and replace Alvaro Arbeloa for the times it was needed. The confidence the Portuguese coach gave to the Ghanaian player had its rewards as Essien responded with brilliant performances in important matches like against Galatasaray or Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. His assist to Karim Benzema against the Turks and the perfect defensive work he put in against Dortmund have been some of his best moments as a Madridista.
Essien has played 2,668 minutes in all competitions -21 games in League, 7 in the Champions League and 7 in the Cup.”
Chris Mullis @CM_WatfordFC – Watford fan writes on Chalobah
“Chalobah has been a revelation this season. He plays with maturity beyond his years and has knitted our swift passing play together expertly. When Lampard eventually does hang up his boots Chelsea fans need not worry as Chalobah is a more than capable replacement.”
James Cockerill @JamesRCockerill – Middlesbrough fan on McEachran
‘Like many ‘Boro fans, I was excited about the prospect of signing Josh McEachran but since his departure he left a lot to be desired.
When Middlesbrough were doing well in the early stages of the season, he was up there with the top performers in the squad but following the post-Christmas slump, McEachran’s performances were badly affected.
A tidy midfielder, yes, at times he showed why he is so highly rated at Chelsea; he was very easy on the eye, comfortable on the ball when given space, and was very good at doing the simple things.
However, he seemed to struggle with the physical nature of the Championship. At time he was ‘bullied’ out of games and really failed to stamp his authority on the game and when needed he failed to produce the ‘killer pass’.
For me, unless he has a very good season next year, I can’t really see the youngster having much of a future at Chelsea. I think McEachran would benefit from another season on loan in the Championship or even at a Premier League club to help continue his development.’
It seems like most these players will return to Chelsea in July with the mindset of forcing their way into the new managers thinking. Chalobah, still just 18, and McEachran, who’ll be heading into a make or break year, are almost certainties to be going out on loan in the Premier League next season. Or could Jose surprise us and put complete faith in the youth next year? He’ll believe that working with him would benefit them more than working with another manager.