The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern were pleased to see their side safely navigate their way into the quarterfinals of the Caraboa Cup recently.
Antonio Conte chose to rest some of his key players and field an experimental side for his sides clash with Everton at Stamford Bridge last night. His side proved there is plenty of strength in depth within this Chelsea squad, as they produced an accomplished performance to run out 2-1 winners despite a second-half fightback from Everton.
Chelsea took the lead in the first-half courtesy of a fine header at the far-post from Antonio Rudiger after a deep cross from Charly Musonda. Conte’s men had to hold firm in the second half as Everton created chances and went close to equalising on a handful of occasions, but Willian made sure of the victory in added time with a glorious finish that crashed off the inside of the post following some tidy interplay with Cesc Fabregas inside the box. Dominic Calvert-Lewin responded for Everton just moments later but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation goal for the Toffees.
Conte has stirred controversy in the British media recently with complaints regarding the size of his current squad which he claims is too ‘thin’ to cope with their current injury crisis.
The mid-season transfer window may provide the answer to Conte’s problems if owner Roman Abramovich can provide him with the financial backing he desires.
Chelsea invested heavily in fresh acquisitions across the summer, but considering Conte’s recent comments, it would be no surprise if he has already opened discussions concerning January transfer targets with Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo.
Here are three players Conte and Emenalo should have on their radar in January.