Chelsea saw the wheels come of their ceremonious 2017/18 Premier League bow.
In what was supposed to be a routine win, Burnley tore the script apart within the first 45 minutes and left Antonio Conte and Chelsea’s hierarchy with alot to ponder.
Here’s what #TheGist thinks
First things first, looking at the match day starting 11 on paper, everything didn’t look that bad. Willian was the obvious focal point assisted by Fabregas and young Boga was given a chance to shine. Michy Batshuayi the preferred #9. However, it’s clear that Batshuayi still has alot to learn before he can become Chelsea’s main man. He found himself facing the wrong side of the ball whenever Fabregas tried to find him long and couldn’t get a decent second/third touch.
Verdict: Morata comes in
Clearly, Morata will be the obvious first choice in the #9 position. He looks sharp, smart on the ball and his great positioning will come as a great relief and change from Costa who us usually preferred to hang around the edge of the box.
Clearly, Chelsea’s squad isn’t just good enough.
Look their bench and they had no one there apart from Morata. It’s good to see the Chelsea youngsters get the chance to start, but considering the quality of Chelsea’s direct rivals, they need to reinforce the squad. Whereas Chelsea have the injured Hazard and Pedro amd Willian as real world-class starters to play in the two behind the striker, Manchester City has De Bruyne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, and Rahim Sterling, Fabian Delph Gundogan and Yaya Toure as secondary options.
Conte might consider bringing in another striker though to back Morata considering the bulk of fixtures Chelsea are to face. Morata’s lack of a full season as a starter might prove vital as he adapts to life in the premier league.