The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for some changes during the January window, after a relatively frustrating time of things during the summer.
Chelsea’s title defence has not taken the course the majority of Blues fans in the tavern were expecting this season. Manchester City’s dominance at the top of the table has given Antonio Conte’s side virtually no hope of retaining their Premier League crown, much to the frustration of the Blues in our bar.
Antonio Conte has spent plenty of time this season not so subtly eluding to his frustration with Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity last summer, and has used his lack of depth in the current squad as an excuse for his side’s inability to keep pace with The Citizens.
It is difficult to sympathise with Chelsea considering they managed to secure the signings of Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Rudiger, Zappacosta and Morata in the summer, for a combined total of approximately £175 million as per Transfermarkt’s valuation.
The most expensive of those signings was the purchase of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, and he sure looks worth every single penny on the basis of his glittering opening to the campaign.
Morata’s success has forced Chelsea’s second-striker Michy Batshuayi to play nothing more than a bit-part role this season.
The Belgian international has found it difficult to impress the Chelsea boss since his arrival from Marseille in July 2016, and on current evidence, his future at the club looks stagnant and bleak.
Batshuayi has genuine reason to be majorly concerned about his status at the club, because it appears from an outsiders perspective that Conte has absolutely no faith in his ability.
At the back end of September, Chelsea hosted Manchester City in what represented the biggest fixture of the season at the time in the context of the title race.
As you would expect, Chelsea lined up with Morata up-front, but when the Spaniard was forced off with a hamstring injury after 35 minutes, Conte called Willian from the bench to replace him.
In that moment, Batshuayi’s career at Chelsea was as good as finished, and the fact he has only started 1 league match since then tells you all you need to know about his value within the current squad.
With the January transfer window less than three weeks from re-opening, Batshuayi should be speaking to his manager about the potential to make a loan move in January. Indeed, if he departs, Chelsea could seriously struggle to adequately back Morata up at the business end of the campaign.
A 6-month loan move in January will help Batshuayi to start playing regular football, re-discover his goal-scoring form, and encourage potential suitors to make a bid for his services next summer.
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