The 2018-19 campaign might have come and gone, but for progress to be made, the manager might have to look at how the season went, and the changes that must be made ahead of the new season.
While a number of players had a good season last term for Chelsea, there were quite a number of Chelsea players who failed to impress in the Chelsea jersey.
Although it was a fairly successful season for the Blues, as Maurizio Sarri led Chelsea to third position in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup final and Europa League champions. The likes of Eden Hazard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, N’Golo Kante and Kepa Arrizabalaga impressed for Chelsea, while Jorginho who was criticised for most part of the season ended the season in amazing form.
While it was a decent campaign, Chelsea are still far behind Liverpool and Manchester City, and the Blues must step up next season if they want to fight for the title.
These four players mentioned in this article must up their game next season.
1. Ross Barkley
These were the words of Sarri about Barkley back in March: “Of course at the beginning of the season he didn’t have big confidence because the last season was really very hard for him.
“Then after three, four, five matches in the starting XI he changed. Now he’s a very important player for us. He is a very, very good player. He is important in our midfield and he’s played a lot of matches.
“He has improved a lot tactically. I think that he improved a lot in the defensive phase because technically he was, and he is, a very good player. In the offensive phase he is able to score seven, eight goals every season and now I think he is a good player also in the defensive phase.”
The 25-year-old joined Chelsea in January 2018 from Everton, but long-term injury hampered his game that season. Barkley had lots of prospects as a youngster as he showed some spectacular performances playing For Everton, but injury seemed to have hampered his growth.
Barkley registered 2 goals in 12 Europa League appearances and 3 goals in 27 Premier League appearances.
Barkley was quite inconsistent for Chelsea in the just concluded campaign and never seemed to have got a hold in the first team. He was behind Mateo Kovacic for most part of the season, but even went behind Ruben Loftus-Cheek towards the end of the season.
To play for a big club like Chelsea, Barkley needs to put in big performances, and the youngster might need to improve next season to boost his profile at the club.