When any of Chelsea’s midfielders reads headlines that says the club are chasing after one or two more midfielders, the first feeling afterwards should be shame and nothing else.
There has been a sense at Stamford Bridge that the Blues are short in quality in the midfield department following the blistering era of Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Claude Makalele and Michael Essien. Oh what glorious days, those were!
Watching Chelsea games now can be a boring thing to do. There is very little creativity and powerful drives from midfield now. No one is willing to shoot from outside the box anymore as even the very basic demands of a midfielder, passing, has become a problem for a few in Chelsea books now.
Gone are the days when Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas gave us the sense that a dying midfield had been resurrected. Gone are the days when N’Golo Kante and Matic ruled the Premier League on route to the Premier League title.
Instead, these days what we see is a stale midfield of Tiemoue Bakayoko or Danny Drinkwater leaving Kante to do it all. The arrival of Ross Barkley might inject some pace and power into the midfield but others have to step up to the task.
Links to Arturo Vidal and Radja Niangollan should ginger these current crop of lazying midfielders to work harder and avoid getting pushed to the bench, when new signings arrive.