Chelsea produced a stuttered performance to overcome Shrewsbury Town in yesterday's last 16 Capital One Cup fixture. In the post-match conference, Mourinho parted with a thinly veiled attack on Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah:
"Yes. I can say yes, because if players that played 90 minutes two days ago were fantastic, I expect people that are not playing a lot to raise the level, to give me problems.
"I love problems. I love problems of choices. And, it is easy to choose my team for Saturday. Easy. They didn't give me big problems."
Both players were rather wasteful and in the case of Salah, he was taken off for Willian immediately after Shrewsbury scored their equaliser with only 13 minutes left.
With Chelsea flying in all competitions there is no need for concern as of yet but when the Christmas period comes around, Chelsea will need their reserve players to be up to the job, especially as there is a real possibility Chelsea could win a quadruple.
Already, Chelsea have a striking crisis on their hands as Diego Costa is taking time off to recover from a recurring hamstring problem and as Loic Remy is sidelined with a groin strain. However, they have not even felt this as 3rd choice striker, Didier Drogba, has scored three goals in his last three games. This is what it means to be a Chelsea player, whenever you step across the white line you are expected to work your socks off and provide quality with unerring consistency.
Consistency has been the opposite of Schurrle's and Salah's forte since joining Chelsea. Schurrle works hard but often has little end product to show for it. Salah shows too little of neither and hence is hardly ever on the bench of a match day squad. Despite only being brought in January, Mourinho has spoke of Salah's lax performances on more than one occasion.
Jose Mourinho is not one to mince his words, he has singled the two players out because he sees the squad as an imperative if Chelsea are to fulfill their potential this season. If no improvement is made, expect one of them, if not both to be out the door in January. With Dortmund struggling in the Bundesliga, who's to say Marco Reus won't end up at Stamford Bridge.