The Chelsea fans have been feeling miserable in the Transfer Tavern this week after their side’s dream of finishing inside the top-four was effectively crushed by their 1-1 draw against West Ham at Stamford Bridge, and recent reports suggest the club could be set to take another backwards step this summer.
Antonio Conte’s side have been in free-fall in recent months and their struggle for form culminated with another lacklustre performance against a relegation-threatened West Ham side on Sunday afternoon. The Blues started the game positively and they deservedly took the lead after 36 minutes courtesy of Cesar Azpilicueta’s 2nd goal of the season.
However, West Ham pegged Chelsea back in the second-half as Javier Hernandez showed brilliant composure to place the ball beyond Thibaut Courtois to ensure his side went home with a valuable point in their race for survival. The result has resigned Chelsea to the prospect of Europa League football next season – a sobering thought for a side who comfortably won the Premier League title just last year.
Despite signing the likes of Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata last summer, Chelsea appear to have regressed this season. And according to the recent reports from Mundo Deportivo, the latter could be on his way out of the club after just one season, as Juventus are interested in bringing him back to Turin this summer.
Despite enjoying a brilliant opening to his Chelsea career, Morata (valued at £58.5 million by Transfermarkt) has endured a difficult debut season in English football overall, but his performances in recent weeks suggest the 25-year-old is slowly rediscovering his best form. Morata appears to have suffered from a crisis of confidence after initially impressing the supporters, so it’s up to Chelsea’s manager – whether it be Conte or someone else – to help him rebuild it next season.
Considering Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud are the only other natural strikers contracted to the club, Chelsea would be foolish to sell Morata in the summer window. By allowing him to leave Stamford Bridge, the Blues would be waving goodbye to a striker who has the potential to score 20+ goals a season in the Premier League and taking yet another backwards step at the end of a dismal campaign.
Chelsea are suffering something of a crisis at this moment in time, but selling Morata this summer will only serve to intensify their problems rather than solve them.
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