The Chelsea fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern were relieved when it was finally confirmed they had spent some money this summer with the arrival of Antonio Rudiger, but they know they need more.
Competition. A fundamental economic principle, we all thrive when competition exists, or so says the theory. This might not apply to every scenario, yet in football, it does retain a sense of purpose. Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses both had truly excellent seasons for the champions last year; the pair were illustrated as weak points when Conte first instituted the 3-4-3 formation, since that point they have dominated the Premier League. One interesting point to consider is, would the pair have performed even better with the element of competition?
Moses’ position as RWB was protected because Conte didn’t entrust Ola Aina enormously and to pull Cesar Azpilicueta to the right-flank would jeopardise the balance that was achieved with Conte’s three central defenders. Accordingly, Moses wasn’t subjected to too much competition. This was equally relevant to Alonso before the return of Nathan Ake, and once cover for his position existed, Alonso began to produce some of his best football in a Chelsea shirt. As previously mentioned, the 26-year-old was excellent for most of the season, but the presence of Ake certified that Alonso maintained the standard of his performances in fear of losing his place. The champions can inject competition in the wing-back positions with two key signings.
Alex Sandro and Danilo are allegedly top targets for Conte this summer. The pair had a superb friendship during their time with Porto, and that bond could be reignited at Stamford Bridge.
Sandro is arguably one of the greatest full-backs in world football, his attacking and defensive contributions are stunning in equal proportions. He is the epitome of a complete wing-back, who flaunts the qualities to influence the course of a game on either end of the pitch. While Alonso was truly magnificent for Chelsea last season, the opportunity to sign players of world-class repute is one that the Blues cannot afford to lose.
Danilo’s tale is somewhat different to Sandro’s. The Brazilian has failed to thrive in Madrid, operating as their backup right-back. During his time at Porto he was considered one of the best right-backs in the world, since his switch to Real in 2015, Danilo has lost this status.
If any manager can rediscover his best form, it is Conte – a man who altered a team, clouded by disappointment and embarrassment, to dominant title-winners. These two signings would thrive at Chelsea, especially while considering that Alonso and Moses will be breathing down their necks.