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Conte coy over availability of Chelsea trio as Blues gear up for Arsenal clash

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperate to see their new signings in action…

Chelsea have managed to bag three outfield signings so far this summer in Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger, though each of the trio has featured sparingly if at all this summer.

The fans in the pub have been hoping that Chelsea’s new signings can come in and make an immediate impact, but according to the official Chelsea website, Antonio Conte has moved to cast doubt upon the immediate impact that these players can make.

He said: “Bakayoko…doesn’t know anything about my idea of football and he will need a bit of time to adapt and understand. This is the great difficulty for a coach who has an idea of football and wants to give the team an identity. It’s the same now for Morata and Rudiger”.

Of course, even Alvaro Morata – who joined first out of the trio – needs more time with the Chelsea squad, though a couple of pre-season outings will likely be enough to get him attuned with his new role. He featured against Bayern Munich earlier this week, and will likely repeat that feat against Inter Milan over the weekend.

Conte is being purposefully coy on the matter, leaving Arsenal guessing as the Blues prepare to take on the Gunners in the Community Shield in a couple of weeks. It will be a tough game for the Blues, and if these players are not attuned Conte’s methods – it will be made tougher.

Landlord’s Verdict

In an ideal world, Conte would have sealed his major signings months ago. Under Jose Mourinho, players like Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas were signed before the window even officially opened, though the Blues have been slower off the mark this time around.

This is a concern for the Blues, as they aren’t exactly blessed with depth at present. Still, there is no doubting the influence that these players will have over the course of the season.

This could cause issues early in the campaign as players adjust to Conte’s system, especially given how demanding the Italian is.

However, the season is long and full of tough fixtures – so each player will have a chance to shine eventually.

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