With the Premier League just days away now, and pre season friendlies well underway, it’s time for Thomas Tuchel to cut some players from his squad.
As everyone knows, Chelsea are no strangers to a loan deal. In fact, I think over the last 10 years, we’ve loaned more players than we’ve sold.
With a squad of around 35 players, Tuchel needs to get it to the 25 for his final Premier League squad.
Who stays, who goes?
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Stays
I’ve been a massive fan of RLC ever since he broke through into the first team.
He performed well every chance he got and his Chelsea career only stuttered due to the Achilles injury he suffered in a charity match mid season in the USA.
Hopefully after a handful of excellent performances in the latest pre season friendlies, the ‘Lewisham Ballack’ has done enough to earn his place in Tuchel’s 25 man squad for the upcoming season.
Danny Drinkwater – Goes
After winning the Premier League alongside N’golo Kante at Leicester, the signing of Danny Drinkwater didn’t look too bad whatsoever, however after just a handful of appearances during his 5 years at Stamford Bridge, it’s time for Drinkwater to leave.
Following poor loan spells at Burnley, Aston Villa and Kasımpaşa, I think Drinkwater may even have to drop down a league to find himself a team willing to take him, especially at 31.
The Englishman clearly had, and may still retain ability, but he certainly isn’t good enough for a top table Premier League side, let alone Chelsea.
Trevoh Chalobah – Stays
Despite only just turning 22, Chalobah has played over 100 professional games for the likes of Ipswich, Huddersfield and most recently Lorient.
After some commanding performances this pre season, I think Chalobah has impressed Thomas Tuchel enough to make it into his plans for the upcoming season.
With the future of Kurt Zouma in doubt, and Thiago Silva certainly not getting any younger, I think Chalobah would be a perfect fit for The Blues.
Abdul Baba Rahman – Goes
Baba Rahman has been at Chelsea for over 6 years now, and managed just the 15 appearances.
This will probably be my most brutal opinion, but he’s rubbish. It’s quite simple.
A 27 year old who went on loan most recently to PAOK and Mallorca shouldn’t be anywhere near this young talented Chelsea side, he’s not good enough.
Instead of loaning Baba Rahman back out, just cut our losses and transfer him.
Ethan Ampadu – Stays (Goes on loan)
A bit like RLC, Ethan Ampadu is a player I really like.
I think he’s had minimal luck at Chelsea, and probably in general in his short career so far.
A harsh sending off for Wales during Euro 2020 made headlines, and despite a pretty good loan spell with Sheffield United, Ampadu found himself and The Blades relegated.
I personally hope Ampadu can earn himself a nice loan spell similar to Conor Gallagher has at Crystal Palace, and after another year learning and playing regularly, he can come back into the first team setup.
Kenedy – Goes
Kenedy joined Chelsea around the same time as Baba Rahman, and he’s shared the same sort of experience in London.
He’s simply not good enough to make a strong Chelsea side, and he’s had loan spells at the likes of Getafe and Granada in the last two seasons.
Another player who needs to be transferred once and for all, to free up space and some funds.
Batshuayi, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Miazga & Sarr – Goes
As this article and the night go on, I’ve realised how much dead wood we really have at Chelsea.
And again, not to sound harsh, but these footballers simply aren’t very good.
Michy Batshuayi has had numerous chances to show something to 4 managers, and he’s been loaned out by all 4. Surely this tells us he just isn’t good enough.
Davide Zappacosta just isn’t going to play. Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James are miles clear, and even CHO / Pulisic are better options as right wing backs.
Tiemoue Bakayoko was a disastrous signing, period. He had a torrid start to life at Chelsea, and has struggled recently at Napoli. I think he’d do a good job back in France or a slower league, but he’s not good enough for the Premier League.
Matt Miazga I really don’t know much about. I have 0 clue why Chelsea signed him. He’s clearly not good enough, and at 26, another loan spell isn’t going to change that.
Finally we have Malang Sarr. I understand that he’s still only 22, but I watched a fair bit of Porto last season, and even in a less competitive league, he just looked well out of his depth. Maybe give him one more loan spell, but I think we just look into better options.
Well, the conclusion is quite simple. Chelsea have a lot of dead wood. All taking home mega wages, and despite loan spells, it costs the club a lot of money to have these players on our books.
I think it’s about time that Chelsea just cut their losses with some of these, and focus on spending the money they get in on some higher calibre.
Fingers crossed that the couple players mentioned do in fact stay for the season, and it’ll be fascinating to see how it turns out for them.
One thing for certain though, Chelsea have a big season ahead of them.