Another of Chelsea’s well-documented struggle last season was down to our midfield. The inability of the midfield to dictate and orchestrate play was a major issue. We were often left flat-footed in games and usually over-burdening the indefatigable N’Golo Kante was obviously overbearing.
Let’s assess and grade Chelsea midfield options:
The Spaniard played vital roles in our two title successes in the last four seasons. Often the creative force that opened up stubborn defenses with splitting passes, deft flicks and eye-catching moves. But last season, Fabregas impact was not keenly felt and surely needs to raise his game.
VERDICT: He could stay at the club for another season as a squad player that can offer a unique touch from the bench in games that would look to be slipping away from Chelsea’s grasp and also sustain the flow of play in games we are controlling.
The England International’s Chelsea career has been topsycurvy. He’s suffered from poor form and injury issues since signing from Leicester City last summer. He’s not really out in a shift for him to be considered a good player for Chelsea.
His price tag of £30m was huge for a player expected to bring the telepathy he had with Kante at Leicester to Chelsea, but none of that was seen. His injury issue is another concern and with him approaching 30, he should be sold to free up funds for other transfer targets.
The £40m midfielder endured a disappointing league season and often as if he was playing against Chelsea than for the club. His struggles with the physical demands of the Premier league was glaring enough for all to see.
He could be used as a make-weight in a bid for a better midfield target to bring down the transfer fee. On another hand, he could be given a second chance to impress, but that would be on the evaluation of the new coach based on his performances in preseason.
The only thing Chelsea must do is to give Kante an improved long-term deal. The player’s influence at the club has been overwhelming. The club must do all it can to keep him at the club, because we can never find a player like him with ‘fifteen lungs’.
The midfield is the engine room of any team. If we must avoid last season’s struggles, then we need to reinforce our midfield options.
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