Chelsea finished the transfer window with a flourish this Summer as David Luiz and Marcos Alonso joined the Antonio Conte revolution at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues had already signed N’golo Kante from champions Leicester City and Michy Batshuayi from Marseille this Summer and they look to be very good signings. Kante looks like he’s been marshalling the midfield for Chelsea for years whilst Batshuayi has taken his chances when presented them and that’s all you can ask from a young back-up striker.
Conte will hope his Deadline Day dealings can follow suit as Alonso looks to compete for the left-back position whilst old fan favourite Luiz is back after two years at PSG.
Some though, are of the opinion those last minute deals smacked of desperation a tad and think the Blues could have signed a whole host of players before the Deadline yesterday.
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So, by keeping with the theme of seven, here are seven players Chelsea should’ve signed in the summer…
The Italian centre-half is the closest thing to John Terry that Chelsea would have had at the club had they signed him. A world class centre half, Bonucci can play in a back three or back four and would have taken Conte’s tactics straight onto the pitch. The deal never materialised though and it’s a case of missing out on what could have been for the club, one of the best defences around.
James Rodriguez is in and out of the team at Real Madrid and a big bid from Chelsea would have surely tested their resolve. The Colombian would have gone straight into the team for Antonio Conte in behind Diego Costa to create a formidable front four. The Blues have started this season strongly and the South American would have ensured they keep it up all year.
Chelsea need to plan for the future of their defence and simply haven’t in the market. Yes, they’ve signed Marcos Alonso who is relatively young but he isn’t a central player and that’s where trouble could occur. Terry will be gone in the near future, Gary Cahill has question marks at times and the same can definitely be said for David Luiz. None of them are starting out either in their careers so De Vrij would have made sense.
Chelsea’s midfield lacks a ball-player. Someone who is going to pull the strings and control the whole game from the middle of the pitch. Cesc Fabregas I hear you ask? Well he’s not going to do it from the bench and it seems that’s where Conte wants him. If the new boss had known the Spaniard wasn’t in his plans he should have gone for Pjanic in earnest but instead he’s gone to Juventus.
N’golo Kante looks a real force in Chelsea’s midfield but they’ve really missed a trick in not combining him with the powerful Belgian Nainggolan. A midfield consisting of the pair would have been a nightmare for the opposition to try and navigate with pace and power in abundance as well as the Roma man’s cannon of a shot. Nemanja Matic does a job but isn’t very mobile and Nainggolan would have solved that.
Marcos Alonso has come in but naturally there are some question marks. For a man who played in the Premier League twice with Bolton and Sunderland why didn’t anyone pick up on his talent in England then? He may still be a star but the club could have gone for Gaya instead. Valencia need the cash and Gaya has the talent to play almost anywhere. Chelsea could be kicking themselves.
Chelsea need more competition in the goalkeeping positions. Would Thibaut Courtois have been has mediocre as he was last season if it wasn’t only Asmir Begovic trying to get his spot? Diego Alves is a top shot stopper who can play with his feet and would have given Courtois a kick to reach the heights he can and if he didn’t Alves would have been more than an apt replacement.