Much like everyone else in the footballing world it seems, the Chelsea fans here in the Transfer Tavern fully expect to see Antonio Conte depart this summer. Indeed, little under a year after winning the Premier League title at the first time of asking, the Italian’s time in SW6 looks to be up.
Recent reports suggest that Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with the former Juventus coach about making the move to the French capital and, after a campaign that has seen him battle with the club’s hierarchy, not many of the Blues in our would argue against the fact that a departure would be good for all parties.
But would it?
Part of Conte’s frustration seems to be the fact that Chelsea can no longer compete with financial powerhouses in Manchester City and Manchester United, suggesting the Blues have taken a backseat when it comes to big summer spends. While they’re by no means strapped for cash, a stadium redevelopment and all that comes with it means Roman Abramovich will have to save money.
So, with that in mind, there needs to be a focus on coaching. Obviously, Chelsea have an array of talent on their books and surely prioritising quality coaching is a must now in order to properly develop the players outside of their first-team. We’ve seen many members of their loan army impress at other clubs, so why not employ a manager capable of coaxing the best out of them?
Well, there’s no one better at that than Conte. Indeed, the 48-year-old even claimed himself that there is no one better when it comes to improving talent, as was evident with the performances players such as Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso put in last season.
Who’s to say he couldn’t achieve the same with players such as Kenedy, Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek? Given the tools, Conte can achieve anything.
Perhaps the damage has been done already and Conte has by no means been an angel in his battle with the Blues’ board, but Abramovich allowing a man who can work so well with the tools available to him during a period in which he needs to save money could prove to be a costly mistake.