Chelsea’s squad has undergone some big changes over the last few years. The Blues are clearly moving into a new era, and many of their stalwarts of old simply aren’t up to the desired standard anymore.
The Blues’ desire to improve quickly has meant that a number of players are given only months to prove their worth before being moved on, and though this system has worked well in parts, it hasn’t done so well elsewhere.
For example, Tiemoue Bakayoko was poor during his first season in England, but the Frenchman has turned over a new leaf in Italy with AC Milan. Chelsea are lacking midfield depth, and they could have had it in Bakayoko – yet they’re now going to be forced to look elsewhere if Milan look to bring him in permanently.
It seems, though, that Chelsea may not have learnt their lesson – as they made a similar call on Michy Batshuayi on Deadline Day. He’s been sent out on loan to Crystal Palace with the Blues and Maurizio Sarri clearly not rating him highly enough to give him a chance.
This is a decision that could seriously come back to bite the Blues, as it’s easy to see a clear role for the Batsman in the blue side of London.
Of course, Batshuaiy enjoyed a brilliant season last year with Borussia Dortmund. He bagged 7 league goals in 9 league starts, which is a great record given that he had hardly played for the preceding 18 months. The Belgian was quick, he was agile, and best of all, he was absolutely lethal. He proved what Antonio Conte wouldn’t give him the chance to do; he proved that he’s a brilliant forward.
In the context of Chelsea, specifically, it’s a departure that makes little sense too. The Blues have their own problems at Stamford Bridge, and issues in their attack are perhaps their most pressing. Alvaro Morata was recently sent to Atletico Madrid after a poor spell in England, whilst Olivier Giroud continues to struggle under Maurizio Sarri. Gonzalo Higuain was brought in to help improve Sarri’s options – but at 31-years-old, he’s not going to be able to play every few days. Not to mention, his form has dropped off a cliff over the last 12 months.
You would think, then, that there’s the perfect opening for Batshuayi at Stamford Bridge. He’s done enough to indicate that he’s worthy of a chance at the club, and goalscoring acumen is exactly what the Blues lack. Sure, playing regularly across London will be good for him, but at what cost does that come to Chelsea?
If Gonzalo Higuain isn’t able to score regularly at Stamford Bridge, the cost could be severe.