Our Chelsea fans here in the Transfer Tavern are buzzing with excitement over the recent addition to the squad but like most fans, they would have liked more.
Antonio Conte managed to bring in three new signings in the winter transfer window, two of which he just got over the line on deadline day. Indeed, the Blues in the bar are in agreement that the three players were much-needed in the areas as Chelsea have struggled in large parts of the season to rest and rotate players, despite the struggles during the window.
Few would doubt that, if Chelsea are to secure their passage to Champions League football next season then these signings were a must, however, the glass collector doing the rounds is adamant that Chelsea should have invested further.
With that in the forefront of our landlords’ mind, he takes a look at the TWO players that he feels Conte should have gone for to further strengthen the squad in the second half of the season…
The left-back, who currently plays in the Bundesliga with Augsburg, is in a similar mould to Marcus Alonso in that he flies up and down the wing and is comfortable at both ends of the pitch.
He has provided a stunning 10 assists from left-back this season, and although he isn’t as prolific in front of goal like Alonso, he has managed to get on the scoresheet. He can hit a deadly free-kick and would provide some major competition in the left wing-back position.
Chelsea have a pool of talent just oozing out of Stamford Bridge, but a similar winger on the opposite side to Eden Hazard would be something that could strike fear into any defence in the Premier League and Europe. With that in mind, perhaps the club should have made a stronger play for Riyad Mahrez, who saw a move to Manchester City break down.
Mahrez is clearly very open to a move away from the Foxes and Chelsea would be silly not to try and go in for the Algerian in the summer, but Conte must be kicking himself that he didn’t try harder for the winger in January.