STATS: Was Jose Mourinho wrong to let these seven players leave Chelsea?

Chelsea‘s form has been a huge topic of conversation after each game so far this season for one reason or another, mostly down to below-par performances.

Key players are failing to provide quality in the same way they did last season, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa the subjects of heavy criticism.

Jose Mourinho has let some big names leave the club since his return in 2013, some of whom are enjoying great form in their domestic seasons with other clubs.

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With Chelsea under such pressure at current, it’s difficult not to ask whether some of those names should have been let go, so we took a look at some of those players’ statistics this season.

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 Former Chelsea players’ domestic league stats for the 2015/16 season (via Squawka)

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Petr Cech’s domestic league stats for 2015/16 as a goalkeeper (via Squawka)

Petr Cech comes out on top in terms of win percentage with an impressive 66.6% in the Premier League with Arsenal, which is 41.6% better than Chelsea’s overall win percentage of 25% in the top flight.

Romelu Lukaku, now at Everton, has bagged seven league goals so far this season. Chelsea’s highest individual goalscorer only has two (Diego Costa, Ramires and Willian).

The highest number of assists from those who have departed have come from Lukaku and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne on four. Cesc Fabregas, arguably Chelsea’s most creative player, has just one league assist after 12 games.

And perhaps most staggering is the fact that the highest number of losses suffered domestically out of the seven players is only three, four less than Chelsea’s worrying total of seven so far.

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While we are not suggesting Mourinho’s transfer policy is wrong, it is clear that his squad is lacking in creativity and goals this season. What we must not forget is that out of these seven players only Petr Cech and Andre Schurrle (departed January 2015) were in the Chelsea squad who won the Premier League last season.

But Chelsea fans would be forgiven for looking at the names in the table above and wishing they could bring them back to Stamford Bridge to try and turn the Blues’ campaign around.

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Feature: Chelsea dominating transfer headlines but are they panic buying?

Chelsea‘s below-par start to the new Premier League season has resulted in transfer news and rumours flying around about a number of players.

The Blues have today signed FC Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez after Jose Mourinho swooped in and stole an almost done-deal from rivals Manchester United.

The 28-year-old winger made it clear he wanted to leave the Catalan giants this summer after a lack of playing time and although terms had initially been agreed between United and Barca, it is Chelsea who have landed the experienced Spanish winger.

With Eden Hazard, Willian and Juan Cuadrado all having featured already this campaign, you have to ask whether there is room for Pedro and whether one of these three will be on their way out of the club in the next two weeks.

Foot Mercato have reported that Willian has been offered to either Paris Saint Germain or Bayern Munich, which would be a surprise given he appears to be one of the first names on the team-sheet for Mourinho.

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The John Stones saga also continues. Chelsea have reportedly had a third bid of £30 million rejected for the 21-year-old Everton defender, with a fee of nearer £40 million rumoured to be required.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will make a final offer to tempt the Englishman away from the Toffees but Mourinho wants the player and he will do what he can to get his own way with a short time left to go in the transfer window.

With John Terry’s position in the side uncertain ahead of the weekend clash with West Brom this will be a story with more to come. Whether or not Chelsea need the youngster is another question, with Terry, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma and Branislav Ivanovic all options for Mourinho at centre-back.

Ivanovic could find himself out of the squad for this weekend’s upcoming game, with new signing Baba Rahman tipped to start at left-back, pushing Cesar Azpilicueta back to his more natural right-back slot.

The odds have been slashed for Paul Pogba to join Chelsea before the window closes. This could be a clever manoeuvre from the bookies, given Chelsea’s late movements in the window leading people to believe they are willing to pay big money for players that will help them defend their Premier League title.

Juventus are reportedly holding out for at least £70 million for their highly sought after talent and having already lost many star players this summer, a move away for Pogba looks unlikely.

With a whole host of attacking midfield options at Chelsea already, Pogba would no doubt have to dislodge another player from a starting position. With Oscar occupying the number ten role he could more than likely be the player axed if Pogba was to join, with Juve linked with the Brazilian throughout the window.

Talk of Cuadrado going to Juventus is also ongoing but the rumours are that he would be going on loan to the Old Lady and would not be included as part of a potential Pogba deal.

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It is going to be a very interesting and busy end to the transfer window for Chelsea if we are to believe the rumours and Mourinho’s side could be the ones to watch very closely as they look to make up for their worst start to a season since 1998 with some late transfer excitement.

Chelsea to sell TWO stars to fund £50m move for Sterling – report

Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for South American duo Oscar and Juan Cuadrado this summer in order to fund a move for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, according to the Daily Star.

Sterling is being chased by some of the world’s top clubs as Real Madrid, Manchester City and Arsenal have been strongly linked with the contract rebel, but Jose Mourinho is also keeping tabs.

Chelsea need to sign English players this summer to meet the quota for homegrown players and the Blues clearly see Sterling as the best available English player.

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Sterling is looking likely to leave the Reds as he has yet to agree on a new contract and was booed by the club’s fans when receiving the Young Player of the Year award last night.

Oscar has been linked with a move away from the club because he would allow Mourinho to spend big alongside Financial Fair Play rules, but Cuadrado could also exit after just five months.

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The Colombian winger has only made three starts since joining for £26 million from Fiorentina in January and could be offloaded straight away to fund a move for Sterling.

The Liverpool ace is valued at £50 million and Chelsea will have to battle with Arsenal and City if they want to lure him to Stamford Bridge in the coming months.

Would Chelsea be silly to let Oscar and Cuadrado leave to sign Sterling?

New Chelsea star Juan Cuadrado ‘still adapting to life’ in England

Chelsea‘s Juan Cuadrado has revealed that he is still in the process of adapting to life in England and the intensity of the Premier League.

The Colombian international joined the Blues from Italian side Fiorentina on transfer deadline day in February for £23.3m and has admitted that English football is different.

“Of course I need to adapt to the style, and the pace of the game is quick. There is a quick transition from defending to attacking but I am hoping to adapt as fast as possible. I just need to train hard every day,” he told Chelsea’s official website.

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The 26-year-old has yet to score his first goal for Chelsea but has only been used sparingly with just 175 minutes of game time under his belt and is still trying to settle in.

“I am still adapting to life here. I need to learn the language and life is different. Every country has its own culture and the weather is quite cold here, especially compared to Colombia. The people here are nice, life is good and I like the city.

“I always do my best on the pitch. Obviously there is pressure but the important thing is to go on the pitch and play with happiness,” Cuadrado added.

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Chelsea are currently six points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand over the chasing pack.

It remains to be seen how much action Cuadrado can expect in the last nine games but he could become a Premier League winner within his first three months of being at the club – add that to his League Cup winners medal and it isn’t a bad start to life in London.

Will Juan Cuadrado be an important player for Chelsea next season?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Everton

Chelsea vs. Everton – Premier League

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Wednesday, February 11th – 19:45

Match Odds: Chelsea 1/3 – Draw 15/4 – Everton 9/1

Chelsea entertain Everton on Wednesday night as they attempt to maintain their title ambitions and fend off Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

The Blues are boosted by the return of Cesc Fabregas but goal machine Diego Costa is still ruled out, serving the last of his three-match ban.

The return fixture between Chelsea and Everton earlier this season was rammed with action, as the game ended with a 6-3 win for Chelsea, but we can expect both sides to be tighter at the back this time around.

Chelsea’s home record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 10 – Drew 1 – Lost 0

Jose Mourinho’s side have kept Stamford Bridge a fortress in the league all season and that form, as we have said before, is the difference between the league leaders and Manchester City.

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Chelsea will be keeping one eye on City’s tough tie away at Stoke, and the chasers cannot afford to let the Blues extend their lead at the top of the table any further.

Everton’s away record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drew 3 – Lost 6 

The Toffees have really struggled on the road this season and it would be a major boost to get their season back on track in the push for European football if they can get a result in West London.

Romelu Lukaku will be relishing the chance to face his former side at Stamford Bridge, where he barely had a sniff as a Chelsea player, and the Belgian striker will be keen to show the Chelsea faithful how dangerous he can be.

Much has been made of the comparison between Lukaku and Didier Drogba, as he had been labelled as his long-term replacement, but as we know Drogba is now back with the club and Lukaku has moved on.

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Drogba failed to make much of an impact against Aston Villa on Saturday and we could see Loic Remy get the nod up top once again as he scored in Chelsea’s last home game against City.

Juan Cuadrado is in line for a home debut but Mourinho, who has been so pleased with his wingers this season, will more than likely opt to go with Eden Hazard and Willian in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.

Everton could also give a full debut to a winger of their own as Aaron Lennon will be pushing for a start while Leighton Baines is expected to return after missing the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Chelsea’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/W/D/W

Everton’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/D/W/D

Key Stat: Unbeaten – Chelsea still remain unbeaten in the league at home this season and Everton face a tough task to break the trend.

Key Player:  Eden Hazard – scoring again last weekend to get Chelsea going in the absence of Costa, the Belgian will be at the forefront of everything for the Blues.

Score Prediction: Chelsea 2–0 Everton – The hosts to prove too strong for the Toffees.

Preview and Prediction: USA vs Colombia

The USMNT face up against Colombia on Friday in their penultimate fixture of what has been a very successful 2014 for US soccer.

Jurgen Klinsmann‘s side will face the World Cup quarter-finalists at Craven Cottage on Friday night before travelling to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.

Klinsmann has once again picked a squad with a mixture of experience and youth and he is looking to the older players to help the youngsters settle in.

“They have to help to get these youngsters to another level, it’s really their job and that’s what we ask them,” he said.

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“In a transition phase after a World Cup we need these older players. They have to show the youngsters what it takes to become consistent, not only on the field but off it as well.”

Two 1-1 draws against Ecuador and Honduras last time weren’t bad results but the test of playing the no.3 ranked side in the world will be a step up.

Colombia last played the USA in 2010, in a friendly at PPL Park that ended goalless but we’re expecting plenty of goalmouth action on Friday in what should be an exciting game.

Stars such as James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Jackson Martinez and Adrian Ramos will all be involved for Los Cafeteros and the USA will need to be at their best to get a result.

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It’s a friendly so in theory the result doesn’t matter, but this is a great chance to prove once again how far US soccer has come and Klinsmann will want his side to be competitive throughout.

The game against Ireland should see more of an experimental lineup but Friday’s game should see a strong starting XI take to the field.

Predicted USA starting XI: Guzan, Johnson, Jones, Besler, Beasley, Yedlin, Beckerman, Diskerud, Green, Nguyen, Altidore

Young attackers such as Jordan Morris, Rubio Rubin and Bobby Wood will hope to feature but they may be rested for the Ireland game.

Key Stat: 2,688 – The number of days between Lee Nguyen‘s last appearance for the USMNT – the second most for an outfield player.

Key player: Jermaine Jones – If Jones is deployed at centre-back once again as expected, he will be up against an incredibly talented Colombian forward line. His performance at the back could go a long way to deciding this one.

Prediction: USA 2-2 Colombia – An entertaining affair expected and the USA to impress by picking up a hard-fought draw.