?Chelsea, right now, are enduring nothing short of a shambolic summer.
With the Diego Costa saga, failure to sign Romelu Lukaku, the uninspiring signings of Willy Caballero and Antonio Rudiger, losing at home to Burnley on the opening day and the sale of Nemanja Matic to Man Utd, there is a lot of frustration amongst Chelsea fans.
With that considered, Antonio Conte cannot take too many risks with his team selection – or else he faces the sack from a trigger happy Roman Abramovich.
It is difficult to complain about the way Chelsea have conducted their business in the Abramovich era considering all the success they have enjoyed in that time. But the failure to nurture young talent left Chelsea – prior to the start of the season – with a problem in the most crucial position on the pitch. At centre forward.
Conte laid down the law and booted out Costa (although he’s not actually managed to offload him yet), and that left Chelsea to choose from Michy Batshuayi and an injury prone Loic Remy, considering new record signing Alvaro Morata was lacking in sharpness.
Terrible performance today & a lot of things to work on, i wont hide… but its just day one & the journey to the title is long ?
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) August 12, 2017
Perhaps Chelsea could have given game time to Tammy Abraham or Dominic Solanke in the last few seasons instead of a returning Didier Drogba, a broken Radamel Falcao, a past it Samuel Eto’o or a never-had-it Alexandre Pato. And maybe now Chelsea would be in position with a young striker ready for the first team.
Or maybe they could have kept Lukaku in the first place.
It’s not just upfront where Chelsea are looking bare at the moment, though. Central midfield is another real problem for them; with only N’Golo Kante available for this weekend’s game against rivals Spurs following Cesc Fabregas’ dismissal at the weekend. Their summer offloads have left them short.
The fact that the Premier League champions could end up paying the same fee for Danny Drinkwater as they brought in for Matic goes to show the state of desperation for new bodies in their first team squad. As of this point, it doesn’t bode well for the season ahead.