Chelsea fans seem relatively happy with their summer signings. Alvaro Morata has settled in quickly, Antonio Rudiger is showing a huge amount of promise and Danny Drinkwater, while he has only made a few appearances, looks like he will be a useful player to have in the squad.
The biggest unknown quantity of the window, and the transfer that appeared to come from nowhere, was the acquisition of Davide Zappacosta. It was clear that Chelsea needed cover at full back, but nobody saw the Italian coming.
That may be because he was a last minute choice. Thomas Meunier, the PSG right back, has been on international duty and has admitted that Chelsea made a deadline bid for his services, an offer which he rejected. Having been knocked back by the Belgian, Chelsea presumably went for Davide Zappacosta as their second choice.
“I could have left for Chelsea on the final day of the transfer window. But I didn’t want to join them. I am happy at PSG and I don’t want to leave,” the former Club Brugge man told Sky Sports.
Given he’s got Dani Alves in the team ahead of him now, it might have proved a smarter move. But each to their own.
Chelsea suffer injury setback, concern for Conte given worrying lack of depth
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is already short of options in terms of strikers, and the latest injury blow will only make the situation worse.
The reigning Premier League champions have had to heavily rely on summer signing Alvaro Morata so far this season, while Michy Batshuayi has been inconsistent in offering a different option whether off the bench or when Conte opts to rotate.
The 24-year-old has an impressive tally of seven goals in 13 appearances in all competitions though, and so he has proven to be a useful part of the squad in the early part of the campaign.
Unfortunately though, he now faces an anxious wait to determine the extent of the foot injury that he has picked up while on international duty with Belgium this week.
The forward has returned to Chelsea having been ruled out of games against Mexico and Japan, as per freelance injury analyst Ben Dinnery in the tweet below, but it’s not yet clear as to how long it will keep him sidelined for.
Michy Batshuayi has returned to Chelsea for further tests after picking up a foot injury. The striker had an x-ray and will play no part in either friendly match against Mexico or Japan. #CFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) November 9, 2017
It’s an awful time for Chelsea to potentially be left short too, as they take on West Bromwich Albion, Qarabag, Liverpool, Swansea City, Newcastle United and Atletico Madrid in the space of just over a fortnight.
In turn, they’ll be hopeful that Batshuayi isn’t out for long as they could certainly do with an option to rest Morata, with the only other alternative to seemingly play the likes of Eden Hazard or Pedro through the middle which isn’t a bad option by any means, but Conte would surely much prefer to play individuals in their preferred and more effective roles.