Paul Merson names two players Chelsea must sign to compete with Arsenal and Manchester City

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has said the Chelsea team has shown signs of progress. He however believes that the Chelsea team need a bit of experience.

Paul Merson has said Chelsea need to sign an experienced centre-back and a top striker.

“Chelsea haven’t been consistent enough,” Paul Merson told Sky Sports.

“They’ve been good in the cups – that’s what sometimes happens when you’re a young team.

“They’re doing well at the moment, fair play, and they’re right in the race for Europe.

“For me, they’ve got to get in – they’ve got into a final, a semi-final, they were bang unlucky in both, and it could turn out to still be not a bad season.

“But they’ll have to go and buy players, and not sit and think that they got it right all along. No, they haven’t. They’re miles off Man City and Arsenal. You’ve got to look at the all-round picture.

“They’ve got to bring in experience in the summer. It looks like Thiago Silva’s going, he’s their main experienced player.

“So they’ve got to add to that, you need that if you want consistency when things aren’t going too well, and they can just calm it down a bit.

“They probably need an experienced centre-half to take Silva’s place, and they could do with another centre-forward too.

“They want to be getting into the Champions League next year, surely. So they’ve got to start bridging the gap to Arsenal and Man City.

“This is Chelsea, not a run-of-the-mill team. Chelsea are used to winning things, they want to win stuff – not finish fourth in the league like Tottenham wanted to do, and celebrate about it.

“I can’t see how Poch isn’t in charge next season, though nothing surprises you. I haven’t thought they should ever get rid of him, he’s a good manager.

“Individuals don’t win anything, and as long as they can keep sorting that out and keep playing as a team now, they’ll be alright.”