Chelsea have found themselves in a poor run of form in the Premier League lately and Graham Potter will surely be thankful for the World Cup break over the next few weeks to fine-tune his plans and philosophy at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are now eighth in the league table after failing to pick up a victory in their last five outings and have lost consecutively in their last three, with the newly-appointed manager struggling to get the best out of his squad so far.
Indeed, the problems run deeper than just tactics and performances on the pitch with many key players out of contract next summer which should prompt a much-needed rebuild from the new owner Todd Boehly by identifying players who can be part of the future over the next few transfer windows.
Thiago Silva, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will all be out of contract at the end of this season and with the latter two playing huge roles in the centre of the pitch over the years, it will be imperative that they are replaced with players that can not only offer quality and experience to match but longevity too.
One player who has been repeatedly linked with a move to West London is one of the hottest young prospects in European football – Jude Bellingham.
The England international, who is currently in Qatar for the World Cup with Gareth Southgate’s squad, has captured the attention of the world for his development at Borussia Dortmund and currently has several elite clubs desperate to secure his signature next summer.
Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are four of the biggest clubs that Chelsea will need to compete with to win the battle to sign Bellingham should Dortmund agree for the talented teenager to leave Germany over the next few months ahead, and it is without a doubt he would be the perfect signing for Chelsea.
Over 15 Bundesliga appearances this season, the £129m-valued midfielder – who was hailed a “future captain” by Theo Walcott – has scored three goals, delivered two assists and created four big chances, as well as averaging 1.1 key passes per game.
He also shines in a defensive capacity, making 1.4 interceptions, 3.2 tackles and winning a whopping 9.2 duels per match.
Bellingham ranks eighth for passes into the final third, second in pass interceptions in the opponent’s half and seventh for dribbles completed in the whole of the Bundesliga, proving that he is both defensively solid and a threatening playmaker, a combination that makes him the complete midfielder.
At just 19 years old, the Englishman could potentially guarantee over a decade of service to the club he signs for next which only makes him an even greater asset to whoever gets the deal done, something Chelsea must not take for granted if they are serious about making a move over the months ahead.
With that being said, there is no doubt that Potter would get Stamford Bridge rocking again if he can secure the signing of Bellingham. He is a generational talent who can seemingly do everything in the middle of the pitch, with the sky seemingly the limit for the teenager.
It would be a remarkable first signing by Potter and one that would surely get the fan on side quickly.