Our Chelsea fans here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping the downward spiral they seem to have been on has stopped for now, with their recent form giving them a glimmer of hope of Champions League football next season. Indeed, while things aren’t quite as bad as that infamous title defence under Jose Mourinho, the regulars propping up our bar haven’t enjoyed the season as a whole.
Since the turn of the year, Chelsea have struggled for wins in the Premier League, with that mainly being down to their strikers lack of goals according to Conte in recent reports. With constant rumours surrounding Antonio Conte’s future and the team playing like the world was on their shoulders, it seems that it was going to take a lot for the team to turn its fortunes around in the latter part of the season, especially after the Spurs defeat which seemed to all but end the Blues’ chance of Champions League qualification, until recently where they have been able to capitalise on a couple of Spurs’ slip-ups.
With the fans in the bar and the board looking forward to a summer revamp of the club, many of them will be hoping that Chelsea can revitalise the whole of the club and move them in a new direction.
Indeed, it’s no secret that the board now runs the football club more like a business than a hobby like in previous years and surely they’ll want to offload some players that have flopped this season in a bid to balance the books, but more importantly, stop the growing rot of managers and players coming in and out like a revolving door.
With that in mind, our landlord takes a look at three players that should look to shoulder some of the blame for this season…
The club captain is not having the best of seasons so far and has failed to lead the team in their time of need. In an amazing stat this season, it seems to show that the Blues are a better team without him in it, which given the English defender’s standing at the club, is largely unthinkable.
Cahill has won everything during his time at Stamford Bridge and at the age of 32, it seems that the tough years may finally be catching up with him.
He’s had many a good year at Stamford Bridge since his move south from Bolton, however, it may be time to move on as he seems to be replaced with the younger and more athletic Andreas Christensen.
The summer signing from Monaco hasn’t exactly found his feet yet in the Premier League and failed to set alight Stamford Bridge with his Chelsea displays so far this season.
Many of the fans in the pub feel like Bakayoko is often more of a liability to the team at times than anything else. Chelsea need a strong midfield, especially going into next season and Bakayoko has the potential to be a crucial part of that with his powerful play and he proved for Monaco last year in Ligue 1 that he has the talent to succeed.
Bakayoko has had the excuse of him adjusting to life in the Premier League. However, with the end of the season approaching that excuse is now null and void.
Michy Batshuayi is currently on a half-season loan at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and is massively out of favour with Conte, with the striker looking likely to move on in the summer.
During the first half of the season, Conte failed to fully trust the Belgian which led to Morata being overplayed and in-turn having to miss games over the New Year due to fatigue – which is when the rot started for the Blues.
The Belgian hasn’t had the best of times at Stamford Bridge during his 18 months at the club and following the World Cup, he will be hoping to put himself in the transfer spotlight.
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