Since the Premier League era began in the early 1990s, Chelsea have brought in several big players in all positions.
While some big moves for strikers such as Fernando Torres or Alvaro Morata haven't really worked out, there's one position in recent history where Chelsea almost seem certain to pick the right player - the defensive midfielder role.
Here are 6 players that prove the theory:
- The Frenchman was so good for Chelsea in the defensive midfield role that people fondly called his position the 'Makelele role'.
- Makelele signed from Real Madrid in 2003 and during his 5 years at Stamford Bridge made it his mission to destroy any and every opposition attacker on his way to 2 league titles with the Blues.
- Despite his injury issues, the Ghanian was a player that would hassle and unsettle opponents with his constant pressing as he stamped his authority in the centre of midfield.
- A player that Jose Mourinho considers as his son, Essien made 256 appearances for the club, winning the Premier League twice while also lifting the Champions League.
- During his 2nd stint at Chelsea, the Serbian vital cog in Chelsea's last 2 Premier League title wins.
- Matic may not be the fastest player on the pitch but his tackling technique and ability to stay calm on the ball made him a world-class player.
- He even had a couple of thunderous strikes in him, along with a few good assists.
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- Mikel became a legend at Chelsea during his 11-year-long stint, making 372 appearances while winning every domestic and major European trophy along in his time.
- Having signed from Norwegian side FC Lyn in 2006, Mikel was an assured passer whose positional sense and coverage of the centre of the pitch was consistently brilliant.
- A Chelsea legend through and through, Wise signed from Wimbledon for £1.6m in 1990 and spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge.
- The central midfielder was noted for his aggressive and highly competitive style of play as he helped the Blues to 2 FA Cups triumphs among other trophies.
- Last but definitely not least, Kante has been established as the best destroyer in the middle of the park.
- Often compared to greats like Essien and Makelele, the Frenchman is a leader in today's Chelsea squad and deserves to end his Blues career with more trophies to his name.
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