New-look: This is definitely now Chelsea’s best starting XI

Chelsea supporters in the Transfer Tavern are pleased that they’ve recruited players in key positions.

Our resident Blues fans are somewhat torn regarding the summer transfer window. Regarding the additions made to Conte’s starting eleven, there has been a significant increase in quality in comparison to last season.

Alvaro Moarta, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko all provide longevity, they also offer experience and quality in abundance.

The issue lies with squad depth, five first-team additions have been made by the Premier League Champions while almost 40 players have departed the Blues this summer.

Indeed, if prominent first-team members are injured, then the Champions will be left in a precarious situation. This is why the deadline day arrivals of Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater were so crucial, as they provide invaluable cover in two critical positions.

Here is Chelsea’s best starting eleven…

Thibaut Courtois

The tall Belgian has established himself as one of the most capable keepers in the world; he often produces world-class saves.

He’ll be needed as Chelsea look to compete on the European stage.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Arguably the best bargain in the Premier League, the Spaniard is without doubt Chelsea’s best defender.

In the absence of Gary Cahill, his leadership will be key.

David Luiz

The Brazilian has played with a greater sense of maturity since his return to Stamford Bridge.

He has turned into a cornerstone of this team.

Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger has established himself as one of Germany’s most exciting defensive prospects; he’s exceedingly robust and athletic.

He’ll be competing with Gary Cahill for this spot.

Davide Zappacosta

The 25-year-old is regarded for his terrific crossing ability, which will be of great benefit to the likes of Morata.

Victor Moses won’t be easy to displace, but it’s likely to happen with time.

N’Golo Kante

Arguably the best defensive midfielder in world football, Kante is here, there and everywhere!

His defensive work is simply remarkable.

Cesc Fabregas

The Spaniard is arguably the best passer of the ball in the Premier League, his vision is unrivalled, and his passing range is excellent.

Tiemoue Bakayoko will feature against the bigger, more competitive sides – but his creativity is key.

Marcos Alonso

Bolton’s former defender had a terrific first season for Chelsea, scoring a total of six goals. He’s started the season in similar form with a brace against Spurs.

What a signing.

Pedro

Barcelona’s former winger has scored several indelible goals for the Blues as he aims for more during his third season as a Chelsea player.

Willian will be hot on his tail.

Alvaro Morata

The Spaniard has had a terrific start to his Chelsea career, two goals and two assists in three league games – all with his head too!

He’s only getting started.

Eden Hazard

Many people consider the Belgian to be the best talent in the Premier League, the Blues’ most valuable player.

His return is on the horizon.

More Breaking News:

Conte left out of Barkley talks, Oxlade-Chamberlain fuelled dismay – report

Chelsea thought they had a deal in place to sign the Everton star on deadline day, but a move collapsed after Barkley pulled out of a medical and headed back to Goodison Park.

Instead, the Italian tactician secured deals for Torino defender Davide Zappacosta and Leicester star Danny Drinkwater, although the latter happened after the window closed at 11pm.

Barkley was also chased by Tottenham, and the midfielder, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, supposedly prefers a move to north London.

Prior to the Barkley saga, Conte got in touch with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain about a move to Stamford Bridge.

However, after failing to guarantee him a role in his favoured position, the former Arsenal star snubbed the Blues and chose Liverpool.

And according to The Times, Conte was left out of discussions with Barkley as the board didn’t want a repeat of the Oxlade-Chamberlain blunder.

Barkley, the report suggests, requested to speak to Conte, and part of his decision to reject the Blues was because he didn’t speak to the manager.

It is also suggested the Blues understand Barkley wants more time to consider his future.

Recent reports have suggested Chelsea will resurrect their interest in the England international in January.

Joey Barton suggested yesterday that Conte gave Barkley the cold shoulder during negotiations.

He told talkSPORT: “I heard a really interesting thing about what happened with the Ross Barkley transfer. Conte turned his phone off and Barkley’s representatives were trying to contact him.

“He wanted to say ‘look, where am I going to play’, and Conte turned his phone off.

“That is why Barkley got cold feet and never signed.

“He thought, ‘well, if the manager isn’t answering the phone to me he clearly doesn’t want me’, and that is why he went back to Everton.”

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