This next article will be focusing in on one of the biggest clubs in London: Chelsea Football Club. They have enjoyed a lot of success since the 2003 takeover of Roman Abramovich, winning the Champion’s League, Europa League, and the Premier League five times. A turbulent place to manage, Chelsea has a reputation of bringing in a manger with winning […]
This next article will be focusing in on one of the biggest clubs in London: Chelsea Football Club.
They have enjoyed a lot of success since the 2003 takeover of Roman Abramovich, winning the Champion’s League, Europa League, and the Premier League five times. A turbulent place to manage, Chelsea has a reputation of bringing in a manger with winning being the most important duty of the position. Managers such as Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Felipe Scolari, and Antonio Conte have all managed the club with success, but have been sacked because it wasn’t continuous.
This summer is going to be especially difficult with UEFA putting a transfer ban on the club, meaning that they cannot buy any players. This makes the upcoming season even more difficult, given that both Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata have both left the club. In addition to this, manager Maurizio Sarri has left to take over Italian giants Juventus. His replacement is club legend Frank Lampard, a man who is known as one of the best English midfielders of his generation. In a managerial role, however, this will be only his second season in charge of a club.
So the countdown to the season is on for Chelsea, with a lot of players returning from loan and the inability to reinforce from the transfer market. They were able to make Mateo Kovacic’s loan move permanent, which does mean that they get a good deep-lying playmaker. The positive of not being able to buy means that financially they will gain some stability.
Chelsea does have some areas to address for this season however, the main being where is Eden Hazard’s goal involvement going to come from? They signed Christian Pulisic from Dortmund in January, but he is still very young. Hazard led the league in assists last season, so that leaves quite a void for the club to address.
Frank Lampard has a massive job ahead. He has already said he is willing to give every player at the club a chance to compete for minutes. One player who is getting some interest for a move away is Kurt Zouma. Everton has been inquiring about making his loan move from last season permanent. I think that Chelsea should cash in on this, forcing Everton to pay above market value for the defender.
More good news is that youngsters Rueben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi have signed new deals. They will both likely miss the start of the season through injury, which deals a serious blow. But other young players, such as Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, could get serious minutes going forward.
Chelsea has a very large squad and should view this ban as a great sales opportunity. Danny Drinkwater, Kennedy, Kurt Zouma and Ethan Ampadu could provide a solid base of players that can be sold, reducing the wage bill and earning a little extra cash for the imminent rebuild. Kennedy could gather 20 Million plus Euros, whereas Zouma could go for as much as 40 Million Euros. Chelsea could even slap on some buy-back clauses on a few sales, allowing key young players to develop and still gaining some financial stability.
Chelsea and Frank Lampard’s final issue is going to be tactics. With the current squad, how do they set up and get the most success out of the team?
I would suggest a 4-2-3-1 formation, which would provide Jorginho time on the ball to pick out passes and control the tempo of the game. N’golo Kante could sit just in front of the back four, a position where he became a world-class player with Leicester and Chelsea under Conte. Christian Pulisic could play underneath either Michy Batshuayi, should he return from loan, or Tammy Abraham. Reuben Loftus-Cheek could even play a more advanced role when he returns from injury.
The main thing that Chelsea fans have to understand is that this season starts a massive rebuild. There will be a lot of players who will get time to grow and develop. The club also is in the Champion’s League after last season’s quiet 3rd place finish. Hopefully, Lampard is the man to bring a change of culture to the dressing room, recreating the Champion’s League success he had in 2012. I think realistically they will have challenges, mainly creatively in the attack. This season looks like Chelsea should finish 5th, securing Europa League football for some pretty decent players to come in the transfer window next summer.