In Focus: Chelsea manager right to rule out spending big on one name

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has claimed that the club should prioritise bringing in a handful of players rather than spending big on one star, reports the Metro.

What’s the word?

The Premier League champions have recruited three new first-team players in the forms of Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata.

The club do not begin the defence of their title until this weekend, but there has already been some disappointment for the Blues having lost the Community Shield to Arsenal.

After the match, focus turned to transfers, and Chelsea have just over three weeks remaining to bring in new additions.

With Paris Saint-Germain spending £196m on Neymar from Barcelona, the figures in the transfer window have soared, but Conte has insisted that his club will not part with a big chunk of cash on one player.

The Metro quotes the manager as saying:

“I think now is not the right moment for Chelsea to spend so much money on one player because we need many players. It’s important to divide this amount of money to buy many players.

“I think only one player is not enough to improve our team, we need more players, not of top level like Neymar, but more players to improve our squad, our quality, and our numerical aspect, now we are a few players [short].”

What areas should Conte focus on?

The Italian coach has brought in some talented players, but he has mainly replaced rather than strengthened.

Morata has been brought in as an attacking option with Diego Costa unlikely to play for the club again, but he is still in limbo.

Nemanja Matic was recently sold to rivals Manchester United following the arrival of Bakayoko, while Rudiger has come in to the defence.

Chelsea lost two players from the back line, including John Terry and Nathan Ake, so the club should consider another defender.

Additional bodies for the left side of the pitch would be welcome in order to provide some competition.

If the Blues have not bolstered their squad further by the end of August, then they could start the season on the backfoot.