The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have been disappointed by the quality of their side’s performances during the season so far, and recent reports regarding the summer transfer window are doing nothing to raise their spirits.
Antonio Conte’s side have delivered a lacklustre title defence this season which has been characterised by tensions away from the field relating to the club’s transfer policy. The Italian manager has heavily criticised the board this season for failing to sign the players he wanted, and his brazen decision to repeatedly criticise his own bosses may well result in his departure this summer.
Chelsea signed the likes of Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta and Antonio Rudiger last summer, but their collective impact has caused the club to regress rather than progress this season. However, instead of splashing the cash on more talent this summer, the London Evening Standard believe that Chelsea will scrimp back on their transfer budget whilst the club prioritise financing the building of a new stadium.
If Conte does indeed leave Stamford Bridge this summer – as the majority expect – his successor will hardly be afforded the same luxuries the Italian was afforded in the transfer market last summer. Chelsea’s intention to reduce their spending this summer means the signings from last summer will need to significantly step up their game next season.
Alvaro Morata has had a stop-start season, but the fact he has managed to notch 15 goals and provide 6 assists during a relatively poor campaign suggests there is plenty more to come from the Spaniard, whilst things can only improve for the hapless Bakayoko. Morata and Bakayoko arrived at the club with price-tags totalling £58 million (initially) and £40 million respectively, but so far their former employees appear to have ripped off the billionaires from West London.
If reports from the London Evening Standard are true, Morata and Bakayoko simply have to step up to the plate and justify their astronomical price-tags next season to push Chelsea back into the Champions League once again. A debut season in the Premier League has often proven to be a rigorous and unforgiving learning curve for new signings, and the Blues faithful will be hoping that Morata and Bakayoko will return stronger next season and firmly silence their plethora of doubters.
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