With European football looking more likely to be avoiding the West side of London next season, and senior players seemingly all linked to transfers away from the club.
It is imperative that we spend wisely this Summer, knowing we most probably will be unable to attract Europe’s elite.
Although I am a strong believer in playing some of the academy graduates, it is also vital that proven players with senior experience are brought in, to steady a sinking ship currently situated at Stamford Bridge.
New manager, Antonio Conte may completely reform Chelsea’s formation, and tactical thinking, yet below are a few players who would, in my opinion, fit into the Chelsea way.
I have put together 3 players that I believe would be ideal signings for The Blues, as well as being realistic options.
I have chosen Italian centre-back, Leonardo Bonucci. Holding 55 international caps, as well as being an integral part of a Juventus team currently chasing a fourth consecutive Seria A title, he seems like a thorough professional who could possibly take over from the inspirational leader, John Terry, if indeed he does depart us at the end of May.
This deal has already begun to be spoken about in the press, resulting in Bonucci himself responding by saying ‘The most I’ve followed Antonio Conte is to get a coffee!’.
However this does not hinder by admiration for the 28 year-old, who would for me be a better option than a younger, more inexperienced player, such as John Stones.
Secondly, I have gone for a Central defensive midfielder going by the name N’golo Kanté. A superb signing by Leicester City last Summer, costing £5.6 million from French club Caen.
Reportedly admired by Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid Chief, yet no deal was made by ‘Los Blancos’ as Kante was simply not famous enough!
Whilst Mahrez and Vardy have picked up most of the plaudits for the Foxes unbelievable title surge, Kante, along with recent English debutant, Danny Drinkwater, have been the foundation of the team’s domestic dominance.
The Frenchman’s ability to breakdown any attacking threats, as well as being able to surge forward – similar to Nemanja Matic last season – has meant many pundits have begun to call for him to be selected as the Premier League’s player of the year.
He would fit perfectly next to a more forward thinking Cesc Fabregas, and would be able to link the defence to the attack with ease, and efficiently, making Chelsea a far more solid, and compact team.
Lastly, I have selected Mario Gotzë of Bayern Munich. A World Cup winner, with proven ability, who for some reason has been seen as surplus to requirements by manager, Pep Guardiola.
Hazard’s exit is likely, and Oscar’s is desired by myself, therefore opening up an attacking midfielder role for the four time Bundesliga winner.
Fairly priced at around £30 million as he has made only 12 appearances for the reigning champions this season, Chelsea must be tempted to take the mild gamble, on a mostly consistent performer at they highest level over recent years.
A solid defender, confident box to box midfielder, and a young attacking player is exactly the type of remedy the doctor has ordered for Chelsea, and with theses signings I would be rather optimistic for a change of fortune come August, when the new season kicks off.