Since the end of the 2017/18 season, fans of Chelsea FC globally have looked forward to welcoming new signings to the club. The new season is only two months away, however, and nothing in that regard has happened.
With each passing moment, hopes seem to fade, and there’s never been a more confusing time at Chelsea than now. We do not even know who will lead our team next season, despite other clubs making major moves.
Our weak finishing last season suggests we do need to visit the transfer market; however, it is also highly possible that we could be fine without buying much players in the coming transfer window. One sure thing about football is that so much can be achieved given the right conditions.
Chelsea fans have been made to believe that the team suffered a slump because of a loss of form in the players, when the truth is that the rifts that rocked the club management and the coaching crew is in fact to blame for the disarray the club experienced.
Antonio Conte’s lack of freedom to make ultimate transfer decisions resulted in him feuding with the club, and that somehow robbed off on the team. Maybe he lost motivation, or his body language affected the team or the atmosphere around the club wasn’t conducive enough. It is unclear which it is, but what is clear is that the fallout was the chief architect of our problems on the pitch. If we haven’t won the league only a season before with the same crop of players, one would probably have genuine excuse to doubt them, but we did. Chelsea still have enough quality and I believe our squad is better than that of Liverpool and Tottenham.
Eden Hazard is still at Chelsea, and so are Willian and Pedro. So it can’t be the players. Even if we have to buy, it should be only one or two very good players that will add quality to the team, not as radically as has been implied.
With the negative atmosphere surrounding Conte, it will be hard for him to remain effective at the club. What Chelsea have to do is appoint the right manager, and that would immediately spring the team back to life. With a new manager always comes some belief and faith; if we replace Conte with someone entirely new and with a decent reputation, I don’t see a reason he wouldn’t be able to restore the confidence of the players, and unlock the potential in some others. Not only would this bring some life back to the club, it would also save us the trouble of adding more players to our wage list.
The club, however, need to make up their mind on which way they intend to go quickly because we aren’t that far off from the league’s resumption and we must enter the new season with the right belief.