The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have given up on the prospect of a top-four finish, with many instead focusing on next season.
Of course, it’s been a disappointing campaign for the Blues, and it seems natural that next season will be the start of a new era for the club. A new manager could come in, whilst a handful of new faces could also arrive in South West London.
One area that really needs improving at Chelsea is the midfield. In particular, despite his fantastic goal against Swansea City over the weekend, Cesc Fabregas has had a tough year. At 30-years-old, he’s no longer the willing runner that he once was, and it seems that his time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end.
Replacing him will be no easy feat, but our landlord thinks that Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele could be the perfect option.
Naturally, any prospective Fabregas replacement will need to be a brilliant passer of the ball, and NDombele most certainly is. The Frenchman has enjoyed a breakout season in Ligue 1 this term, and despite being just 21-years-old, he’s earned a regular role in the first team at Lyon. He’s picked up a very solid 6 assists, which highlights his ability with the ball at his feet, which whilst below Fabregas’ totals, does indicate real potential.
His general passing is very solid, too, with the Frenchman rarely losing possession in the middle of the park.
He’s slightly more defensive than Fabregas, which makes up for his still-developing offensive ability, and that’s important, as often the Chelsea midfield has seemed unbalanced with just N’Golo Kante and Fabregas in the midfield.
Naturally, too, at 21-years-old, the midfielder is far more mobile than Fabregas is – and that can only be a good thing for the Blues.
He certainly isn’t the finished article, but he could well be the perfect Fabregas replacement, and a year alongside the Spaniard could be the perfect succession plan.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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