Though I will always be sad that Carlo was given a rather rude exit, I am happy that at least things have come full circle and Mourinho has made his return (complete with the first interview). He has come in at a marvelous time because Chelsea have lined up a few young players on loans that have had impressive seasons away and are ready to fight for a spot.
So far he a has endorsed Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, and Tomas Kalas to be part of the first team this season. Lukaku has looked like he is progressing nicely with his 17 goals on loan at West Brom. This is exciting because he is showing all the traits of a proper target man or poacher. The fact that this was in the Premier League including a hat-trick against Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match in charge of the Manchester United squad. The 20 year-old Belgian knocked in 15 and 16 goals at Anderlecht, his former club in Belgium in the 09-10 and 10-11 seasons, respectively in about as many matches. This is a promising striker that can easily become a legend.
De Bruyne, produced a solid 10 goals and 9 assists over at Werder Bremen last season. I believe he can be successfully rotated with Mata, Hazard and Oscar to create one of the most creative attacking midfields in the game right now. In a few seasons, these guys will be able to play off each other in a Spain/Barca/Brazil level. It especially helps that De Bruyne, Lukaku and Eden Hazard are all on the same Belgian squad and they all get national play time.
The 20 year old Czech defender, Tomáš Kalas, is admittedly less known to me as I do not watch Dutch football and he spent the last two seasons at Dutch club Vitesse. I am happy to see this player develop though.
In addition to the returning loanees are some new faces. The 22 German midfielder, André Schürrle, is yet another exciting addition to the impressive line-up in attack developing at Chelsea. With his 14 goals and 9 assists playing for German club Bayer Leverkusen, he will hopefully keep form at Chelsea.
Marco van Ginkel, the 20 year old Dutch midfielder from Vitesse, is another player that I do not have a ton of insight on and will be eager to learn more about.
You can read more about the rumors and speculation but I believe that Chelsea is setting up for another round of excellence with this new crop of players. I only hope that it is not a crowd and we don’t see an attacking midfielder or two lose out on their potential.
A side not I will acknowledge which I have mentioned before on Twitter is that I like the personality of the new players. As talented as Terry and Cole are, they make a lot of people hate Chelsea. The new crop seem to enjoy playing and lead less scandalous lives.