N’Golo Kante has had another great season at Chelsea, but the Frenchman has been unique in that most of his teammates in the middle of the pitch have been poor.
Cesc Fabregas, in particular, has struggled – and at 31-years-old his long-term prospects are clearly uncertain.
If Chelsea want to get back to the top of the table, replacing the Spaniard needs to be priority number one, and in doing so they would need to find a player is able to play alongside the unbreakable Kante in the middle.
That’s not an easy job, and so the Chelsea brass will have to consider their options as they looks to do just that.
Fortunately, there are several ways that they could look to solve this problem…
Option 1 – Buy A Replacement
Chelsea haven’t been afraid to spend in recent years, and so this may be the most obvious choice.
There are dozens of top midfielders currently plying their trade in Europe, and the Blues could turn to players like Fabinho of Monaco or Jean Michael Seri of Nice as potential solutions.
On the flip side, many of their recent signings have been poor, and so this is undoubtedly a risk. There’s also the financial demands that recruiting a top talent would bring.
Option 2 – Utilise Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been the star of the show at Crystal Palace this summer, and so if Chelsea don’t want to utilise him weekly next season, he may be facing the exit door.
They can’t afford to let him slip through the cracks, though, and so they just consider utilising him in this role. He’s a great runner and passer and he’s very energetic.
Not to mention, signing him wouldn’t require a financial outlay – which must be considered.
Option 3 – Stick With Fabregas and Co.
Perhaps the best course of action is no action.
Fabregas is a classy player, and so maybe he’ll regain his form next season.
Not to mention, Chelsea also have the likes of Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater to call on – even if they have struggled this season.
It’s a tough one, but utilising Ruben Loftus-Cheek probably makes the most sense.
He’s looked good enough to play in the first team for a while now, and having dominated over at Selhurst Park this year, Chelsea must stop ignoring him.
The Englishman is one of just two Chelsea players that are in England’s World Cup squad, and that’s a testament to his quality. He’s beaten other players like Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana to the call-up – two players that are crucial for their respective teams.
A year alongside Fabregas in training could make him the perfect successor.
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