Chelsea supporters in the Transfer Tavern are slightly alarmed at the number of players departing Stamford Bridge.
The Blues flaunt an undesired and rather notorious record at failing to integrate young players successfully into the first-team set-up.
Indeed, the last player who overcame this nigh-on insurmountable obstacle was club icon, John Terry, who has since departed for Aston Villa.
It could be argued that Chelsea has the best academy in world football, considering their domestic dominance and triumphs in the UEFA Youth League.
Nonetheless, many promising young talents, who were preordained to become Chelsea greats, have departed the club this summer.
Ola Aina, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah, progressed through the Chelsea ranks, yet all have left the glamour and splendour of south-west London.
The latter has departed on a permanent transfer to reunite with former club Watford on a five-year-deal.
Additionally, Kasey Palmer has returned to Huddersfield for the forthcoming season, while Izzy Brown and Kurt Zouma are poised to join Brighton and Stoke respectively.
This isn’t a new occurrence for the Chelsea faithful to contemplate, however, this exodus has left a small squad even more depleted.
Unless the champions are planning several new arrivals, Conte’s team will be deficient of necessary depth and vital options.
Accordingly, the importance of versatile players is almost unprecedented for the Italian, and our landlord believes that they should do everything in their power to secure the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The 23-year-old is a unique player; often the term versatility is branded to describe a player who can operate in two different positions, the ‘Ox’ is capable of so much more.
Chamberlain can function as an LWB, RWB, CM, CAM, LW or RW.
Considering that the Blues are currently devoid of squad depth, his arrival would provide Conte with invaluable cover for a whole host of positions.
Arsenal fear losing Chamberlain for a reduced fee, as the Englishman has refused a new deal as he enters the last year of his contract.
At 23, Chamberlain preserves room for further refinement.
Our landlord believes unequivocally that he is the best utility player obtainable this summer.
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