One major concern Chelsea had going into last season was in midfield. The exits of Nathaniel Chalobah and Nemanja Matic complicated things, and it became worse with both (then) summer signings, Danny Drinkwater and Tiemuoe Bakayoko injured, and Cesc Fabregas receiving a red card on the opening day of the new season. Chelsea’s midfield became threadbare with N’Golo Kante as the only recognised midfield player in the team.
Almost midway through the season, Kante suffered a hamstring injury that ruled him out for a month, and this exposed Chelsea’s team weaknesses. Bakayoko endured a nightmare first season in English football, Fabregas attacking ability is brought down to earth because of lack of defensive nous, while Drinkwater suffered an injury-ravaged season. So much of the team midfield play was largely dependent on Kante. The French man obviously needs some help to avoid him experiencing wear and tear next season.
Though with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and possibly Marco Van Ginkel being included in the first team for next season, neither of them is a pure defensive midfielder. So, the need to sign a player that can do what Kante does for the team is very important. I’ll strongly recommend Nice midfielder, Jean-Micheal Seri. The Ivorian’s bustling style is reflection of brain and brawn which is more Kante-like.
With no World Cup for him, he will surely be fresh for the new season, while Kante gets the rest he deserves after his outing with France at the World Cup. Seri’s buyout clause of about £40m makes him a cheap buy considering the fact that transfer fees will definitely skyrocket after the World Cup. Let’s seal the deal.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!