During the summer transfer window, Chelsea were linked with a number of targets — and even big name signings, and I vividly remember how frustrated we were at times when other clubs were signing big name players, and we were missing out on all our targets.
Clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City, got all the juicy deals, and ironically, they are both outside the top 4. While Chelsea failed to land key targets like Kalidou Koulibaly, James Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata, Radja Nainggolan and Romelu Lukaku.
After struggling to reach a lowly 10th position last season, Chelsea could only land N’Golo Kante, Michy Batshuayi, Marcos Alonso and David Luiz during the summer window, and many tipped Chelsea for doom.
Chelsea currently top the league table, and our summer transfers seem to have been the most effective. How have they fared so far?
He was the first player to join Chelsea during the transfer window, and the diminutive Frenchman might go on to win the league back to back with two different teams.
Kante has been a mainstay in the heart of Chelsea midfield, and the work he puts in the middle every game surely outweighs his transfer fee of just over £30 million. Surely, he was the signing of the summer.
The young Belgian joined Chelsea early enough, and even cut short his summer holidays after reaching the Euro 2016 quarterfinals with Belgium, to join his new team. His first two games for the club saw him help the club to two important victories, which could as well prove to be important in the title race. He’s still a young forward and might not have played as he’d have liked, but he has shown that he’s indeed one for the future.
When Chelsea signed Marcos Alonso for £25 million during the summer, reports from Italy suggested that Fiorentina were excited to have sold him for such a huge amount. His spell with Sunderland wasn’t exciting, and he looked like an average player. But the Spaniard has gone on to be a mainstay in the Chelsea team, and if Chelsea go on to win the league, the 26-year-old can beat his chest and say he was a key reason Chelsea won the league. He has put in a good shift at left wing-back and has helped Eden Hazard to shine this season. Surely, his transfer value will now be worth well over £35 million.
This was the most talked about summer signing, and the fact that it happened on transfer deadline day made it all the more thrilling. While Chelsea fans jumped at the return of a former fans’ favourite, other clubs and pundits mocked the signing of the Brazilian.
In a 3-4-3 system under Antonio Conte, Luiz hasn’t just been ever present, he has been very useful as well; he’s the ball playing defender among the trio, and he’s also responsible for covering the flaws of the other two centre halves. To say that Luiz has been magnificent isn’t an understatement, and the fact that Chelsea have the best defence in the league has put critics to shame.
At the end of the summer transfer window, Antonio Conte and Chelsea didn’t really sign star players, but they signed team players — and that’s why we are where we are — on top of the table.