The Chelsea fans have been feeling miserable in the Transfer Tavern this week since they watched their side lose to their top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea lost further ground in their bid to finish inside the top-four on Sunday afternoon as they were defeated by 3 goals to 1 against their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The result has effectively ended their dreams of qualifying for the Champions League next season now that they sit 8 points behind Spurs with just 7 fixtures remaining to make up the ground.
Although mathematically it remains a possibility that Chelsea can finish inside the top-four this season, the likelihood of the Blues catching their rivals is incredibly thin at this stage. In light of this, the Chelsea supporters propping up our bar have begun to accept their fate, look forward to the summer transfer window and identify a handful of players who could help transform their club’s fortunes next season.
Considering the extent of Chelsea’s struggle in recent months, it seems logical to assume that there will be a summer clear out when the season reaches its conclusion in order to usher in a new era at the club, and one player who is likely to make way is Gary Cahil. The quality of Cahil’s performances have been on the decline this season after being so consistently solid during the entirety of Chelsea’s title-winning campaign of 2016/17.
At 32-years-old, Cahil still appears to have plenty of time ahead of him to continue playing professional football as a centre-back, but doubts are beginning to emerge concerning his ability to play for a club of Chelsea’s prestige. With that being said, Roman Abramovich should be working in conjunction with Conte to identify their ideal successor for the Chelsea captain, and one player who is reportedly on their radar is Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles (valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt).
According to The Daily Mirror, Chelsea are lining up a £30 million summer bid for his services in a bid to finally replace John Terry. Although Lascelles has plenty to prove before being held in the same bracket as the Chelsea legend, his progress under Benitez at Newcastle during the last two seasons suggests he is ready for a step up to a top-four club this summer.
The 24-year-old England hopeful has been a rock at the heart of Newcastle’s defence all season and his performances have been instrumental in enabling the club to steer clear of the relegation zone in recent weeks. Lascelles still has plenty of improving to do to prove he can play for a top-six club, but with captain’s experience at The Magpies and a season playing under the pressure of a relegation battle, he should be well equipped to replace Cahil in Chelsea’s defence next season.
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