It is often said that change is the unchangeable law of progress. In the world of football, change is constant. Managers change jobs and players change clubs – and this isn’t new in the game. When these changes occur, certainly it is sweet for some and bitter for others. A scenario where a player happens to be a regular starter for his coach, and later if the coach is sacked and another comes in as his replacement, the player might not suit the style and tactical system of the new coach. This means he is dropped out of the team for another player.
The reign of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea is likely to bring such scenario. With the Italian preferring the 4-3-3/4-5-1 formations as opposed to Conte’s 3-4-3/3-5-2 formations, it means changes will be made to the team. While some players will retain their places in the team, some will lose their spots and have their futures cast into doubt.
Here are 5 players in danger of losing of losing their spots or likely to be axed:
The Nigerian international winger has often had to prove himself to previous Chelsea managers in the past before Conte’s reign. It even had to take bad results for Conte to switch things and consider playing Moses as right wing-back in his 3-4-3 formation. The player’s attacking threat, dribbling ability and series of convincing performances made him a player reborn under Conte. This guaranteed his regular inclusion in the team. But how he fares under Sarri is the big question. With Sarri likely to change Chelsea’s playing system, it is glaring that the era of the wingbacks could be over. It is either the Nigerian settles for a role at right-back which will likely be for Cesar Azpilicueta, or he becomes an option as a pure winger behind the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian. Yet again, the sky at Chelsea doesn’t appear true blue for Moses.
TRIO OF DEFENDERS – LUIZ, CAHILL AND ZOUMA
The trio of defenders – David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma are facing real fights on their hands to save their Chelsea careers, especially with Christensen and Rudiger as the future of Chelsea’s defence. A case could be made for each player. David Luiz’s ball-playing ability and dynamism in starting attacks could give him a shot in Sarri’s team. Garry Cahill is the club captain and has the experience, while Zouma is young and raring to go with a successful season under his belt at Chelsea before his horrific injury three seasons ago. But the impending signing of Danielle Rugani, leaves just one spot left for the choice centre back (considering Ethan Ampadu is out injured), so it will be a tough call to make. Luiz and Cahill just have one year left on their existing contracts, while Zouma is tied to a long-term contract and might likely be the one who gets the nod.
The Englishman had an underwhelming first season at Chelsea interrupted by injuries. The arrival of Jorginho might further dent his chances of being considered for selection come next season.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!