Friday, 17 June 2011

Someone like Modric is what Chelsea need - Wilkins

Former England man backs Torres to shine next season and denies the Blues squad is too old to compete for the Premier League title after losing out to United this term

Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has backed the Blues to spend big in the summer to keep up with the Premier League elite, and supports their attempts to sign Tottenham star Luka Modric.
With league winners Manchester United already splashing the cash on Blackburn defender Phil Jones and Manchester City expected to spend big again, Wilkins believes Chelsea need to do the same simply to keep up.
"If you're left behind in the transfer market you'll be left behind in the Premier League," said Wilkins, who was talking at the announcement of the FA Cup's sponsorship deal with Budweiser.
"Yes, there will be money spent I'm sure with all the clubs throughout the Premier League. Modric has been mentioned to Chelsea, he'd be a great addition to any squad. That type of player is what you're looking for."
With Blues stalwarts John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba all the wrong side of 30 there have been suggestions that the three-time Premier League champions need an injection of youth after seeing the league title slip out of their hands to Manchester United this season.
When asked if the Chelsea team was too old, Wilkins, who helped the Blues to a league and cup double in 2010, said: "No, not at all.
"I've been with them, I know their fitness levels and they are quite superb so there's really no problem as far as the age is concerned. It just needs a little tinkering here and there and they will be fine.
"They are a wonderfully gifted bunch of guys and they will be back. They will be pushing for it next year, they have a wonderful desire to win, as a unit they are different class. They just need that little additive [to the squad] and I'm sure they will be fine."
In the last transfer window Chelsea splashed out £50m on Fernando Torres but in 18 games the Spaniard managed just one goal, and Wilkins believes such a hefty price tag can weigh heavy on a player's shoulders, but backed the former Liverpool man to return to glory next season.
"I believe you will see him come to the fore next year, no question about it, he's a wonderfully gifted guy and there is no reason why he shouldn't flourish," said Wilkins.
"Lots of players would say it [a big price tag] wouldn't matter but I suppose at the back of your mind you are still worried about it. You'd want to produce and I think he feels disappointed that he hasn't been able to deliver the type of goals that Chelsea wanted but that will happen next year I'm sure."

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