2017/18 will continue to go down as a calamitous one not just because we didn’t finish in the top four, but also because we signed some of the worst players in Chelsea’s recent history.
Usually, Chelsea would go for the very best, but for some reason, the past campaign saw quite the reverse play out. We signed players that barely contributed a thing to us positively last season. Some people have blamed it on Antonio Conte, but indicators suggest it goes beyond that – the supposed rift between Conte and the Chelsea board over signings being chief of them.
The season is over, and we’re looking to move ahead with a new coach, who would most likely seek to sign some new players of his own over the summer. It is uncertain if he’ll stick with the current squad, or he’ll want to make some adjustments. History suggests he will, but I can’t but wonder what would become of some of the underperforming players from last season.
The likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Davide Zappacosta, Danny Drinkwater, Emerson Palmieri, and Alvaro Morata may fall out of favour if the incoming coach decides to recruit some of his own players; especially with the pressure level he’ll be at.
If the incoming coach decides to keep some of ťhe previous season’s signings, he may risk another underwhelming outing come 2018/19. But if he makes the obvious choice, it would be interesting what happens to them , especially with the hefty prices they came at. Would they go out on loan or would they be benched for other purposes? Time will tell.