Chelsea’s transfer plans are now beginning to take shape with Alvaro Morata the latest player to join the Blues.
The 24-year-old will join Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Willy Caballero as the new signings so far, easing the growing tension among the Chelsea fans.
Thanks to an injury-free campaign last term, Chelsea’s thin squad were able to go all the way to win the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final. But we can’t rely on such luck this season as the Blues will be fighting for four competitions this season.
Prior to the start of the transfer window, Chelsea were lacking strength in the goalkeeping role as Asmir Begovic joined Bournemouth, the central defence was also lacking in strength as Nathan Ake was sold and Kurt Zouma is set to leave for Stoke on loan, not forgetting the departure of John Terry. Chelsea solved the thin defence with the signing of German defender Antonio Rudiger. The central midfield void will also be filled by Tiemoue Bakayako and the centre-forward role left by the impending departure of Diego Costa has now been settled with the coming of Alvaro Morata.
So far, it’s been a great window, even though Chelsea started as the slowest. But with over a month left in the transfer window, there are still some positions that need to be strengthened.
The right and left wing-back positions would be another major position that needs signings as we can’t have Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso cover such distance again for yet another full season, bearing in mind that Chelsea will be in Europe next season.
Our central midfield area is also thin. Nemanja Matic is leaving, Nathaniel Chalobah has left and we only have three recognised central midfielders. Except Conte decides to keep either of academy products Lewis Baker or Kyle Scott, Chelsea would have to sign in that department.
The wing role is another position but the least of Conte’s worries. We currently have Eden Hazard, Willian, Pedro and Charly Musonda to fill the role. An injury to Hazard means Willian and Pedro will start the season in that role and Musonda would deputise. If Conte decides to fully utilise Musonda then Chelsea will have adequate cover, other than that, he might have to sign another winger.
In all, it’s in the wing-back positions that Chelsea need to strengthen the most.