The Premier League champions, Chelsea have started the season on a very disappointing note following their poor results in the pre-season friendlies and it was catalyzed by their frustrating transfer activities losing the main targets.
The Blues had already lost Romelu Lukaku to their rivals Manchester United earlier this season. The situation got worse recently as their targets Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente have been snatched from in front of their nose by their rivals Liverpool and Spurs respectively. Later on the deadline day, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley also changed his mind during his ongoing medical at Chelsea. Irrespective of all the frustrations, The Blues from the West London have managed to secure seven signings in total. Let us discuss how effective those players can be for the reigning Premier League champions.
1. Willy Caballero (Goalkeeper):
The former Manchester City goalkeeper has joined Chelsea on a free transfer following the departure of Chelsea’s second choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to the Premier League side Bournemouth earlier in the season. So, The Blues had to search for a back-up of Thibaut Courtois. Willy Caballero can be a perfect match following his experience in the Premier League with the sky blue side of Manchester.
2. Antonio Rudiger (Defender):
The former Roma defender was unveiled as the second signing for Chelsea for a transfer fee of £31m. With the permanent departure of the skipper John Terry to the Championship side Ashton Villa, Chelsea were in search of a high profiled defender. Moreover, their hunt for the defender increased following the permanent departure of the youngster Nathan Ake to Bournemouth and loan move of Kurt Zouma to Stoke City. Antonio Rudiger’s experience in Europe and in the Germany international team can be effective in helping the reigning champions.
3. Tiemou Bakayoko (Midfielder):
Chelsea completed their third signing of the season after they secured the deal for the ex-Monaco midfielder Tiemou Bakayoko for an undisclosed fee. Although, it is believed that the amount might have £40m. With the departure of Chelsea’s midfield duo including Nemanja Matic and Nathaniel Chalobah to Manchester United and Watford respectively, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had to go for an extra option in the central midfield along with Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea’s player of the season N’Golo Kante. Tiemou Bakayoko had proved his worth in the Monaco colours in the previous season. So, this is definitely a huge inclusion for the defending Premier League champions.
4. Alvaro Morata (Forward):
Chelse’s biggest deal of the season came in as their fourth signing following the inclusion of the former Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata for a huge amount of £71m. With the expiring contract of the unsettled Frenchman Loic Remy, this signing is certainly a huge boost for them. The striker already has started performing for his new club scoring two goals and providing two assists.
5. Kylian Hazard (Midfielder):
The younger brother of the Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has been unveiled as the fifth signing for Chelsea from the Hungarian side Ujpest F.C. The player is subjected to included in Chelsea’s development squad.
6. Davide Zappacosta (Defender):
The deal for the ex Torino’s right-wing-back has been agreed on the transfer deadline day for £23m. After missing out so many targets, Chelsea fans might find some worries following the arrival of the Italian, who has not been the highlighted. But if we look at his performance, we can see the intelligence of the Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. The speed and crossing ability of the player is definitely praiseworthy. In addition to that, the player’s long range ability can also be effective. So, he can easily be a back-up for the Chelsea starters like Victor Moses or Cesar Azpilicueta. Moreover, it will not be a surprise if the player becomes a first choice for the Chelsea man-in-charge Antonio Conte in near future.
7. Danny Drinkwater (Midfielder):
After a frustrating transfer deadline day, Chelsea have finally secured one of their key targets as the former Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater deal has been agreed for an amount of £35m. The English footballer can have his reunion with his former teammate N’Golo Kante. The player was proved to be very effective in Leicester colours earlier and has won Premier League too. Moreover, his long ability from long range is definitely a boost in the Chelsea midfield. So, his inclusion has definitely increased The Blues squad depth.