It is no secret that Chelsea have not been at their best this season, with results and performances being inconsistent to say the least.
Chelsea fans have become increasingly frustrated with Antonio Conte as performances have continued to spiral in a downward trajectory since the turn of the year.
The club have won just one of their last five league games and qualification for next seasons Champions League seems unlikely, as they sit 10 points behind fourth placed Spurs with just six games to go.
After comfortably winning the title last year, Chelsea fans will have expected more from their side this year. Here are five things the club could do to get back to their best next season.
5. Sack Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte has come under serious criticism this year, with his decision making when it comes to substitutes being particularly scrutinised.
The substitutions he has made have often been labelled as too negative and he has shown a tendency to freeze out players that he does not personally get on with. After the debacle with Diego Costa, Conte appears to no longer see a place in the side for David Luiz, who was brilliant in the club’s title winning season last year.
There is bound to be more that goes on behind the scenes than what is revealed to us, but the animosity and negative impact this must have on the rest of the team is surely contributing to the poor form on the pitch.
It may be time for Chelsea to cut their losses with Conte and bring in a manager who will rejuvenate the dressing room and help Chelsea get back to their best.
4. Replace Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard has been absolutely brilliant at times this season and has proven yet again why he is so highly rated across all of Europe.
There have been constant rumours that a move to Real Madrid could be on the cards when the summer comes round and it could be construed that the Belgian has had his head turned by those at the Bernabeu.
He has struggled for form of late and this has certainly been a catalyst for the disastrous run of results the club are currently experiencing. Hazard has gone missing too many times this season when it has mattered most, and his time at the club could be coming to an end.
It might sound crazy but Chelsea could benefit from selling Hazard and bringing in a player more hungry to succeed at the club.
3. Stop Signing Players Who Will Never Start
Chelsea’s transfer dealings in the last two windows have been simply not good enough. Although some deals were unlucky not to work out, some signings just screamed of desperation as the window came close to ending.
The likes of Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud are far from exciting acquisitions.
Although they have been brought in for reasonable fees, they are not players that are gonna fire Chelsea to titles. They are squad players and nothing more.
You could argue that Chelsea have not brought in a single player since their title win that has actually improved their first XI.
2. Activate the Secret Salah, De Bruyne and Lukaku Buy Back Clauses
The things I would do for this to be more than just a pipe dream. Can you imagine Chelsea’s current team with Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku in it?
That is a thought that sends chills through any Chelsea fans body and it is devastating to think that all three of those players were once deemed surplus to requirements at the Bridge.
Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne are currently battling it out for the Premier League player of the season award with both players proving that they are among the best in the world.
Lukaku has by no means had a bad season either and would certainly be an improvement on the misfiring Alvaro Morata.
Are we sure there is no buy back option for these players?
1. Bring Back the Old Guard
Oh how we miss the days of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and John Terry.
When they were at the club, there was always a feeling among fans that no matter how bad things were looking, one of them would step up to save the day.
If you look at the team now, it is hard to see more than a couple of players who possess the same passion and love for the club that made fans love this trio so much.
They might all be getting on a bit now, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Maybe Lampard could rise from his punditry chair and slot straight back into the Chelsea midfield. Surely he can’t be any worse than Bakayoko?