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Just a few seasons ago, Chelsea had two anchor midfielders in John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic. The duo provided that solid base in front of the defence over the years, before their departure in 2017.
Interestingly, Chelsea have not replaced the duo since their departure from the club. The signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater never worked, while N’Golo Kante is best utilised as a box to box midfielder.
In the game against Leicester City, Foxes midfielder Wilfred Ndidi ran the show from deep in midfield as he brought steel to his side, with Chelsea’s midfield three chasing shadows all game.
Frank Lampard has noted that gap in the team and has been keen on signing Declan Rice from West Ham, as the final piece of his jigsaw.
Meanwhile, a recent piece on Goal, has advised the Blues boss to rather go for Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi.
Chelsea have recently shopped for players at Leicester City, with N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater and Ben Chilwell among the players to have joined from the Foxes recently.
And back to Ndidi, the 24-year-old has proven himself in the Premier League over the past three years, and a signing like him could just be what Chelsea need to rival the top clubs and become hard to beat again.
Interestingly, every top Premier League side has this kind of player. Manchester City have Fernandinho, Liverpool have Fabinho and Manchester United have Matic and Scott McTominay.
It’s time for Chelsea to go back to the era of being hard to beat.