Just until our christening defeat to Arsenal, the Chelsea lineup was quite predictable. You could predict the players that the players enlisted for every match day squad. How time flies like a butterfly, ticks faster than a time bomb and swings like pendulum. The position of being a regular for the club is not a birthright, but a function of how aright the player’s contributions are. Managers want players that will heed to their tactical instructions, show responsibility and leadership on the field. They want players that can rise to challenges and sweat blood for a common cause.
Let’s look at three players that much is expected from for them to force themselves into Conte’s plans:
THE CURIOUS CASE OF CESC FABREGAS:
How the fortune of a player can change in a space of time. The Spanish midfielder star has waned since our title-winning season. From being the lynchpin of this Chelsea side to a fringe player is quite alarming. Despite being gifted with sulky skill set and an appetite for the killer pass and vision for incisive long balls distribution, his lack of physicality makes him a hard pick. He possesses the brain but not the brawn to compete in the high intensity of Premier League action. With Conte’s favoured double midfield pivot of Kante and Matic in the form of their lives, he surely needs to build his physique and defensive side of his game to able to win Conte’s heart. More so, with the media agog with news of his imminent departure from the club either on loan or permanently and his last appearance ironically coming in our defeat against his former club for Arsenal, Chelsea and Conte just hope we to see more from him that will prove he is not finished yet.
THE INCONSISTENCY OF OSCAR JUNIOR:
When the club announced the signing of the Brazilian talented midfielder, the Chelsea faithful were excited by the latest capture who was being dubbed ‘the new Kaka’. Now in his fifth season at the club and unarguably the Brazilian has been more inconsistently consistent than who he is. With so much talent to win a game and set the world alight with deft touches and screamers, his flaw of disappearing in games when he is so much-needed is disappointing. At an age where he is approaching his prime, Chelsea and Conte expect him to start exerting his influence in his game and in the team.
THE AGING STRENGTH OF JOHN TERRY:
When he sustained an injury in the match against Swansea, Chelsea and Conte were worried about just how the defence would cope without their Captain, Legend and Leader. Our fears were confirmed as we experienced back to back defeats against rivals, Liverpool and Arsenal. But Chelsea have weathered the storm and have been excellent both in attack and defense after those chastening defeats. His absence has aided other players to flourish. Whether this is the beginning of the end for Mr. Chelsea is still a mystery. Hopefully he can prove us wrong.