Chelsea were pretty limp in the Community Shield against Arsenal and with the extra pressure of Champions League football this season, it’s pretty clear that Antonio Conte’s squad needs to be bolstered.
In this article we take a look at how the team could possibly line up after the transfer window shuts.
GK – Thibaut Courtois
The Villian of the Community Shield, Courtois saw his penalty balloon over the bar, but he needs to refocus himself for the Premier League season as he did look very distraught after that miss. On form he’s one of the best keepers in the world and there’s no doubt he will be Chelsea’s number one this season.
CB – Antonio Rudiger
The new summer signing looks likely to come into the starting eleven and hopefully he will impress. It’s likely to mean that Azpilicueta will shuffle to play as full back – but Rudiger’s arrival gives the Chelsea defence versatility.
CB – David Luiz
The most central of the defensive trio, Luiz is a reliable defender that perhaps had the best season of his career last campaign.
CB – Gary Cahill
The club captain, Cahill needs to be at the heart of this Chelsea team and ensure they can maintain their form from last season and keep going. Too often the previous title winners have fallen apart in the following season, so Chelsea need to buck the trend and they will need leaders to ensure all goes well, Cahill is one of them.
RWB – Serge Aurier
Conte seems desperate to add some new wing backs to the squad and considering that Moses wasn’t even a wing back before last season you can see why. The latest reports have Chelsea interested in competing with Manchester United to sign PSG full back Serge Aurier. Victor Moses will be a good rotation option – he might have ended last season poorly, but Moses started this season in the right way, scoring in the Community Shield and in general putting in a solid performance.
CM – N’Golo Kante
The PFA Player of the Year last season has to step up again this time around in order to live up to high expectations set by himself.
CM – Danny Drinkwater
The latest reports suggest Chelsea are preparing a £30million bid for Drinkwater. This would be very underwhelming for Chelsea fans and it would be an expensive purchase for someone who would surely sit on the bench more often than not. Bakayaoko, when back from injury, will more than likely partner Kante – but is Drinkwater an upgrade on Fabregas? Both are playmakers and not very mobile, but in my opinion, Cesc is the better player. This move could be a waste of money.
LWB – Cesar Azpilicueta
With the added Champions League fixtures, I expect there to be plenty of rotation, but perhaps Azpilicueta will oust out Alonso on the left. Despite his goals, the Spaniard was visibly below par, especially towards the end of last season and I think if he continues that kind of form Conte will opt for a reshuffle and push Cesar wide.
AM – Eden Hazard
I can see Hazard taking up a central attacking midfield role if Conte switches to a 3-5-2. Chelsea’s 3-4-3 has become a little stale and predictable and I do think that Hazard in a more central area of the pitch would make him more of a threat.
ST – Michy Batshuayi
Batshuayi has been in excellent form in pre season, but does he have what it takes to lead the line on his own in the Premier League? Many have doubts. Perhaps he’d be better in a partnership, alongside Morata and they could bring the best out in each other.
ST – Alvaro Morata
The big money summer signing may need some time to settle, but Conte knows his strengths and weaknesses and I expect he will want to partner him in a two up top.