Chelsea’s limp title defence and tenth-place finish shocked us all here at the Transfer Tavern last season.
Nobody could fathom how a side who had won the league so convincingly the year before, and was managed by a world-class manager like Jose Mourinho, was suddenly losing every other week and flirting closer to relegation than the Champions League spots.
In the end ‘The Special One’ had to go.
Once the ship had been partially steadied by the experienced Guus Hiddink, Chelsea announced they were hiring Italy coach Antonio Conte to take the reigns.
The former-Juventus manager has had a decent start to the season, managing ten points from 15 but more importantly instilling a never-say-die attitude in the Blues squad and ensuring they fight to the final whistle.
In the long term, Conte will be tasked with reshaping a squad that is starting to show its age, particularly at the back, and to cast off those who aren’t earning their keep.
But who in the Chelsea squad isn’t worth their wages?
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