The return of Mourinho to Stamford Bridge was very well documented as a fairy tale reunion by the world media but Chelsea’s indifferent form has seen them drop silly points from winning positions.
In terms of the Premier League, the latest setback suffered by the London outfit was the 3-2 loss they suffered away at Stoke City, which sees them drop to 3rd spot in the table, 5 points off the pacesetters Arsenal. Chelsea’s front line was the guilty party this time around as they made a mess of a few goal scoring chances, and this was addressed well by Mourinho who had very few nice words for his forwards in the post-match interview.
However, the former Real Madrid coach feels that instead of the offensive personnel, there is a more pressing need of shoring up the back 4, who have leaked 7 goals in their last 3 games. He wants to add some youth and freshness to the side and has set his sights on the capture of Kurt Zouma. The 19-year old is currently at French outfit Saint Etienne and is serving his 10-match ban he was imposed with for a careless challenge on Sochaux midfielder Thomas Guerbert.
The teenager is known for his recklessness and is branded as the ‘bad boy’ of French football, though his qualities and credentials are in no doubt to anyone. He has been regarded highly as a promising footballer and has already managed to earn 50 senior caps for Saint Etienne. He has caught the attention of several top clubs across Europe, including Chelsea’s domestic rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City, who have both made inquiries regarding Zouma.
Mourinho has acknowledged that buying a defender is something which cannot be neglected, and is their need of the hour. Daily Mail are reporting that he has already set the wheels in motion preparing a £10 million bid for him, with a view to snapping him up as soon as the January window opens, in order to avoid any unwanted competition from other clubs.
Do you see this trouble child switch to Chelsea, and will Mourinho be able to get him under control?