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Opinion: Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity should push Pedro and Willian to a new level

Opinion: Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity should push Pedro and Willian to a new level

This transfer window has been one of the quieter ones in recent years for Chelsea, and that is unlikely to change with head coach Maurizio Sarri not expecting much business to be done ahead of deadline day.

The former Napoli boss believes his side only need one player — a midfielder — before the Premier League starts next week and has spoken of his delight with what he currently has at disposal (via Sky Sports).

However, not all Chelsea supporters will share the same sentiment as Sarri, with right winger being a position many have been desperate to see strengthen for some time now.

Despite interest from both Barcelona and Manchester United (via Sky Sports), Willian looks set to remain at Stamford Bridge while Pedro has just put pen to paper on a new one-year deal (via Chelsea official club website), meaning the two are likely to cotinue being Chelsea’s options for the right-hand side of attack.

The pair, though, have failed to show consistency from the position, often leaving a goal-scoring burden on the team’s striker and star man Eden Hazard on the other flank.

Last season, £34.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Willian only scored six goals in 36 Premier League appearances while £22.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Pedro did not fair any better having hit the back of the net on just four occasions in 31 games.

If Chelsea are to challenge for the title again, against the likes of free-scoring Manchester City and Liverpool, then they need to start scoring more goals.

Under Sarri, whose Napoli side created tonnes of chances per game, though, Willian, Pedro and the team in general should be able to.

And while there were times last season where Chelsea did actually create good chances only to waste them, there were also still a lot of games where the Blues, in former head coach Antonio Conte’s defensive set up, were limited with what they could do in attack.

In comparison, in the few pre-season games Chelsea have played with Sarri at the helm, Pedro, for example, has looked rejuvenated and must now carry that into the new campaign.

With no new right winger being brought in this transfer window, both Willian and Pedro need to up their game. And, now that an offensive coach like Sarri is in the dugout, there are really no more excuses left for players of the duo’s calibre to be getting such disappointing figures.

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