During a very boring 1-1 draw with Swansea the other day, something became obviously clear. Florent Malouda has long since gone by his best before date. He was waving it goodbye last season, and now it is well and truly gone. He was one of many useless players at the liberty but he hasn’t had a single good game this season to be honest i would be picking fairly unknown Brazilian Lucas Piazon over Malouda in midfield at the moment.
Florent would be doing everyone, including himself, a favour by leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer. Although all Chelsea fans will remain grateful for his great showings during the Double Winning 2009/10 season, Malouda isn’t part of Andre Villas-Boas rebuilding plans and would still be of value to the likes of PSG and Anzhi.
He didn’t really look to be in the game at all on Tuesday, and often did nothing with the ball and then lost it. Granted, playing in the middle on the left rather than the wing, in Frank Lampard’s place (or former place), is not Malouda’s best position, but one that still worked well during the Ancelotti period. The Frenchman simply does add enough to be worthy of a starting place right now, and dosen’t look like he ever will be.
Malouda is just one of a number of players at Chelsea who need to be shown the door. Although some may off a little, the create more problems then thy fix. Didier Drogba is the prime example for me. Although he still contains a goal or two, I can’t see Fernando Torres, representing the new Chelsea, ever getting back to peak form with Drogba still around. Carlo Ancelotti, who was in charge when Torres was signed last January, came out and said recently that he made a mistake trying to blend Torres with Drogba because the big Ivorian “devours” and competitors for his single striking role up front.
My thoughts at the beginning of this January were that it was best to give our thanks to Didier on the way out the door, and give Torres a real run in the team without any0ne breathing down his neck and if not successful then we could pass final judgement if he’s ever going to be the right man or not. Salomon Kalou, Drogba’s Ivory Coast teammate, who are still in contention for the ongoing African Cup of Nations, is another who takes up space, as is Jose Bosingwa, who AVB keeps playing to the annoyance of many.
If the new generation of Chelsea players are to really succeed, then the old’s need to go. Frank Lampard could have a good influence in the team if he’s not expecting to play every game. Same kind of influence Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have had for Manchester United over the last 5 years. But for the other 30+ players, times run out. The process started with Anelka going to China and Alex to Ancelotti’s new club PSG. Here’s hoping in August 2012, were talking about Harzard rather than Drogba.
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