The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for a midfield rebuild ahead of next season. For all of their quality up and down the field, their midfield is lacking somewhat.
Certainly, N’Golo Kante has been a star since moving to Stamford Bridge, but he hasn’t had the game-changing effect that he had during his first season this term, and so next season – the emphasis is likely to fall on someone else as the Blues look to go to the next level.
That person could very well end up being Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Loftus-Cheek has yet to really earn his stripes at Stamford Bridge, but after impressing so much on-loan at Crystal Palace, next season could be the making of him at Stamford Bridge.
The game-changing nature of what he brings to the pitch is exactly what the Blues have lacked this term.
Providing brilliant energy, fantastic technique and an eye for a goal, he would provide Chelsea’s midfield with a new lease on life.
Whilst Tiemoue Bakayoko continues to struggle in the middle of the park, and with Cesc Fabregas lacking the energy to dominate play like he has previously, Loftus-Cheek could be the perfect player to really bridge the gap.
Not to mention, at just 22-years-old, he’s still got his best years ahead of him – and he could be the man in the middle of the Blues for the best part of a decade.
Of course, he won’t want to return to Chelsea if he isn’t going to play regularly, and so Antonio Conte – or whoever is in charge – must give him the opportunity to impress.
If they do, the rewards could be absolutely huge.
Fernando Llorente considering Tottenham exit
Tottenham forward Fernando Llorente is keen on leaving the club this summer.
The 33-year-old has been a backup option to Harry Kane and he is frustrated with the lack of first-team action. Llorente has made 22 appearances so far this season and 19 of them have come from the bench.
Llorente was linked with a move to Chelsea before he opted to join Spurs and the Spaniard will be wondering if he made the right choice.
Olivier Giroud has been playing quite often for the Blues since joining them. Conte wanted to sign a target man to partner Morata and Llorente would have played a lot more at Chelsea.
Reports claim that Llorente is interested in a move back to Spain and he wants to rejoin Athletic Bilbao this summer.
He will get to play more often at another club and a summer move seems ideal for all parties.
It will be interesting to see whether the La Liga outfit makes a move for their former star. Llorente was signed on a bargain and Spurs are unlikely to demand a lot for him.