Chelsea started the season on the base of its midfield strength. Halfway into the season Chelsea seem to have run out of options. We take a look at Chelsea's current situation and look at options Rafa Benitez has .
Frank Lampard is struggling through injury and will never be the same as before. Michael Essien and Josh McEachran are out on season long loans.Oriol Romeu suffered ligament damage and will be out for 3-6 months.That leaves Chelsea with Juan Mata, Oscar, Ramires, Eden Hazard and John Obi Mikel.
Oscar and Central defender David Luiz have played out of their natural positions in recent fixtures to strengthen the midfield. With Oscar, Mata, Hazard and Ramires serving as the attacking options. That leaves John Obi Mikel as the only defensive midfielder .Unless Benitez plays his defenders out of position the options he does not have too many options on the bench.
With January Transfer window approaching a man on Chelsea radar is Brazilian Paulinho. Paulinho is already a part of Brazil national team and plays for Corinthians.Paulinho is technically strong and has a good control on the ball. Paulinho also adds to the Brazilian flavor at Chelsea with Luiz, Ramires and Oscar his national team mates already established at Chelsea.
He has played in Europe for clubs in Lithuania and Poland as a teenager before returning home.He joined Corinthians in 2009.Since joining them, he has won the Brazilian title and the Copa Libertadores - South America's answer to the Champions League.
Against Al-Ahiy in Club World Cup he showed exactly what Chelsea are missing.He had a good control on the ball with a quick turn of pace he also demonstrated a fairly adequate range of passing throughout the first-half. In the first half he was the stand-out performer. Switching play from left to right and vice versa he showed his complete range as Corinthians dominated the play.
With Chelsea also advancing to the finals Rafa Benitez will have a close look at the Brazilian. If Paulinho has a succesfull audition Chelsea fans can expect him to see in Chelsea Blue in January.936532