Year in, year out, the top clubs in Europe take to the transfer market to sign more players to bolster their teams. In the current transfer window, we have seen some of our EPL rivals add some big names to their side ahead of the coming season, and Chelsea as well have brought in some new additions to the squad.
Jorginho came in two weeks ago, and Robert Green has also been signed as back up to Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero. But despite these additions, a reasonable percentage of Stamford Bridge faithful are hoping to see more acquisitions. Not that you can blame them for wanting that, after all we finished in abysmal fifth last season. Any true fan would want the best for their club, and for most, that means getting better players to do the job the current crop failed to do last term. That is the rational, but of course, it isn’t exactly so in reality.
Time and again, Chelsea have suffered some below par seasons, and we have always bounced back from it. We did sign some players to do so, but we didn’t necessarily break transfer records.
Our Champions League winning season saw us finish sixth and two seasons later, we’d go on to the top again. In 2015/16, a worse fate befell us, and in 2016/17, we got right out of it again. So we’re not new to this territory, and we will get it done this time.
The very thing that always did the trick, which most fans often ignore is the fact that we had a different management in all of those occasions. The feeling of having a new boss, and the innate need to impress, always motivated our players to give their best in all of those times. That will not change under the current management. Of course, we did sign a player or two, but a change in tactics, coupled with a friendlier environment were mostly the motivating factors for our turnarounds.
In Maurizio Sarri, we have a very technical and tactically adept manager who will do everything he can to ensure that we get back to our very best. His antecedents at his former side, Napoli show that he can indeed bring even more than expected to Stamford Bridge. He is a very good tactician who prioritises attractive football – something that has always been a dream for most Chelsea supporters. He is very attack minded, as witnessed in his very first game in charge. His 4-3-3 formation will give the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Jorginho the chance to feed the attack, while offering more solidity to our defence. If anything, the concern for Sarri should be continuity. He cannot suffer the same fate that befell Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. He has to carry on the success story beyond this season, and I don’t have a doubt he will, given he maintains a good relationship with the players and club.
With the club’s new philosophy of being independent of Roman Abramovich (who has indeed carried the club on his back for so long), plunging into the transfer market may not be a good route to take. Instead, focus should be put on re-motivating our present crop as well as introducing our highly rated youngsters to the fold. Players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu are worthy mentions. Sarri has what it takes to build a good squad, and Chelsea has the team to.
As loyal fans, we can only hope for the best, while supporting the team through every game. The glory days will surely return to Stamford Bridge, and the road to recovery begins on August 11.