The Chelsea fans have been feeling dejected in the Transfer Tavern this week due to their side’s recent run of form in the Premier League.
The current Premier League title-holders have drifted out of the race for the top-four in recent weeks following a handful of average results and sub-standard performances. Explaining Chelsea’s demise has been a regular topic of conversation amongst our resident Blues faithful in recent weeks, with many supporters continuing to identify their club’s transfer activity last summer as a core reason for their regression.
One of Chelsea’s major signings, namely Danny Drinkwater has struggled for first-team opportunities under Antonio Conte and, his lack of first-team football is causing him to consider his future at Stamford Bridge according to The Guardian. The report is hardly surprising considering he has managed to make just 5 starts in the Premier League all season, but there is reason to suggest Chelsea should encourage Drinkwater to stay and instead sell Timeoue Bakayoko (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt) this summer.
Drinkwater would be wise to wait until Antonio Conte’s future is decided, as the arrival of a new manager could enable him to kick-start his career in West London. Drinkwater’s performances were absolutely pivotal to Leicester City’s title-winning season of 2015/16 and, although he hasn’t emulated that level of performance just yet at Chelsea, he should be given time to adapt to his new surroundings before the club decide to send him packing.
On the other hand, Bakayoko’s form has been verging on abysmal at times, so it’s no surprise that Conte has effectively frozen him out of the first-team since he was sent off against Watford back in February. Conte had persisted with the French international until that point, but his dismissal against the Hornets appears to have been the final-straw for the passionate Italian manager.
At 23-years-old, Bakayoko is a young player with plenty still to learn in the game, so he should not be written off completely just yet, but sometimes a club and a player fail to connect for a multitude of reasons. Based on the abysmal level of Bakayoko’s performances for the Pensioners so far, it’s fair to say it would be in the best interests of both the player and the club for him to depart Stamford Bridge this summer.
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