Replacing Willian with French attacker in January could maintain Chelsea’s title push

Although many people pigeonholed Manchester City and Liverpool as the only title contenders, Chelsea are making a good fist of it.

In Maurizio Sarri’s first season, Chelsea remain unbeaten in all competitions, and sit third in the Premier League table.

But despite their good start to the season, there are two clear weaknesses for Sarri to try to improve.

One would be Chelsea’s flakey defence – David Luiz and Marcos Alonso have looked very exposed at times.

The other would be the consistency of the right-sided winger in his team.

While Eden Hazard continues to grow on the left, Willian and Pedro have struggled to produce on the right.

Both have swapped starts, and although Pedro had an excellent start to the season, there’s been a drop-off lately.

Therefore, moving on the rapidly-ageing Willian and replacing him with Lyon’s Nabil Fekir could help maintain Chelsea’s title aspirations.

The Blues were linked with the Frenchman in the summer after his move to Liverpool fell through, but nothing came of it.

But rumours have started to circulate that Sarri has personally called Fekir in the hopes of convincing him to join Chelsea.

And the World Cup winner could be the missing link to their attacking cohort to link the team.

It may cost Chelsea upwards of £50m to recruit Fekir – which is something Roman Abramovich may be hesitant to do.

But his signing may prove vital if they want to continue their excellent start to the season.

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