For a side who spent well over £100m this summer, the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are far from happy.
To be fair, it’s easy to see why.
While Antonio Conte boasts one of the best starting elevens in the Premier League, perhaps even Europe, his options outside of that are rather limited ahead of a much busier campaign this season.
Sound familiar? Well, Chelsea could be the next Tottenham.
Having missed out on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente, the Premier League champions are without all too many options off the bench, something that must be frustrating Conte at this very minute.
Still, it’s important not to forget the players who have come in over the course of the summer.
Alvaro Morata is looking like the perfect type of front man, despite initial doubts, while a barely fit Tiémoué Bakayoko impressed at Wembley against Spurs, so there have been some good signings.
The jury is out on Antonio Rudiger, who looked shaky when squared up against Harry Kane, though the defensive triumvirate deployed by Conte should give him a certain amount of protection.
Not all too much is known about Davide Zappacosta on these shores, though he’s noted for his crossing ability and willingness to get up and down the flanks, so looks like a solid enough rotation option for Victor Moses in the wing-back berth.
Clearly, some good players have arrived and the signing of Danny Drinkwater shouldn’t be sniffed at, particularly in backing up N’Golo Kante/Bakayoko/Cesc Fabregas.
However, it just seems like another missed opportunity for the Blues. They had a base more solid than most, though failed to truly capitalise again after another title win.
Some good players have arrived over the last few months, though are Chelsea any stronger right now? Nemanja Matic’s move to Manchester United could have a huge impact on the Premier League table come the end of the season and the fact Diego Costa has no future leaves a gaping hole in their attack.
Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League table having bounced back from a shock opening day defeat against Burnley at Stamford Bridge with two wins versus Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. With Chelsea’s perceived lack of strength you can get great odds on the champions retaining their title, with the Blues as long as 11/2 with some bookies.
It’ll be interesting to see if Antonio Conte lasts the season.
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