Our Chelsea fans here in the Transfer Tavern will be hoping for a better summer window than that of last season’s disaster.
Chelsea have been struggling since the turn of the year, Antonio Conte’s future is up in the air and the team are playing with none of that Conte fire in their belly. Things have to change for next season and, our regulars believe being a little bit more aggressive in the transfer market would aid the cause.
If Chelsea want to fight again for the title, then a couple of key areas have to be addressed in order to strengthen the team. Moreover, one of the main aims according to our barman is to keep hold of Eden Hazard, who has yet to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues in the pool room in the pub have dreams of Chelsea refinding their form and getting in the top-four before the end of the season, as another season out of the Champions League just won’t cut it.
Whether that happens or not, though, change is needed this summer in the form of new personnel – and Abramovich needs to bring Conte these 2 players – agreed?
Chelsea need more options up front, and at present Alvaro Morata is struggling in the English game. Ciro Immobile is having a barnstorming season in Serie A for Lazio, averaging a goal a game and looking in red-hot form.
With Conte’s links to Italy, he could certainly get the most out of the Italian forward and surely give Morata extra motivation to up his levels. Next year is a big year, as teams around Chelsea start to get stronger, and Chelsea need to keep up.
Conte clearly isn’t content with the options at his disposal, given that he has regularly opted to play without a recognised forward, and so this would no doubt please the boss.
With club Captain Gary Cahill ageing and not having the best of seasons so far, it could be time to look for a replacement for the England man.
None come better at the moment than Leicester City’s Harry Maguire. He is destined for a move to a top-six club soon and Chelsea would do well to try and beat all competition for his signature.
A powerful, consistent centre-half, Maguire is, crucially, homegrown, and would offer Conte a long-term solution to his central defensive problems.