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
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.
If your going to compete for titles, you need to make sure your squad still looks world class when you take out four five starters. Look at what Real Madrid are doing, two starting 11’s of almost equal measure. Bale for Asensio/ Vazquez whereas its Boga/Charly Musonda for Hazard.
The blues need another central midfielder, another attacker that can play across the front three and a left back.
Possible market options
Marco Reus: Valuation £25-40 million
Reus offers a different brand of attacking play to Chelsea’s current three main attacking midfielder’s. He stands at 6’0 which offers him as an arial threat,he is fast, skilful and a goal getter. Having being deployed in a similar 3-5-2 formation last season by Tomas Tuchel it wouldn’t take him much time to adapt. Despite several injuries he is still quality, a few weeks with the Chelsea medical team would get him back to shape as they did with Diego Costa and the club would be reaping rewards.
Danny Rose: Valuation £40-50 million
The Danny Rose situation is a no brainer. The player is eager to leave and win trophies and Chelsea offer just that, he would offer something different from Marcos Alonso. He is faster, more defensively sound and a better threat in terms of chance creation.
Danny Drinkwater: Valuation £20-30 million
Drinkwater has come a long way since leaving Man Utd. He has established himself as a quality premier league midfielder. He is strong, an excellent passer, vocal on the pitch and can notch in with a goal. Something different from Cesc Fabregas who in most cases would prefer to pass than shoot. Chelsea have been missing a midfielder that could do what Frank Lampard could in and around the box and Drinkwater would ha a great option.
Ross Barkley: Valuation £25 million
Ross Barkley doesn’t want to he at Everton and the club doesn’t want him too. Talk about the perfect Lampard replacement. He is athletic, quick and a goal scorer. If Conte can get his head straight and get him playing at a consistent level, he is sure to come good.