- ‘Chelsea target’ Maurizio Sarri would have work to do with our midfield.
- TalkChelsea consider three ways that he could strengthen us in the middle.
- Do you agree with our strategies, Blues?
If Maurizio Sarri tuned into any Chelsea games last season, he will have seen that there was a gaping hole between our midfield and attack. Scarcely have we seen a Chelsea side so disjointed. There was no cohesion, no chemistry, no ingenuity.
Not only that, but barring the excellent N’Golo Kante, our midfielders showed little interest in providing cover for our defence. The back-three were continually left exposed and as a result capitulated under the pressure of the opposition.
Napoli’s midfield was the foundation of their success last term. Marek Hamsik, Jorginho and Allan provided the spine of the team, all contributing both offensively and defensively to create situations in which their teammates could thrive.
The Telegraph have reported that Sarri is the frontrunner to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager. If he does take charge, he’ll no doubt get to work immediately to repair the damage done to his compatriot’s midfield.
TalkChelsea have considered three ways in which he could do so.
Change of formation
Sarri used a three-man midfield during his time at the Stadio San Paolo. Hamsik was the more advanced of the three, with Allan and Jorginho using their energy and dynamism to contribute at both ends of the field.
Chelsea have the players at their disposal to recreate this, but Sarri may need to be open-minded with his selection choices. Kante would likely be the deepest of the three. We’d like to see what the Italian could do with Tiemoue Bakayoko. The Frenchman is undoubtedly talented, despite his struggles during his debut season.
An extra man in the middle of the park could be exactly what we need. Too often we lost the midfield battle last term. Considering the quality we have in the middle of the park, it was completely unacceptable.
Have faith in Loftus-Cheek
As the Daily Mail report, Roy Hogson has revealed his belief that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has more in his locker than Michael Ballack. We’re not sure about that, but he has the potential to surpass the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich midfielder.
Loftus-Cheek’s stock has never been higher. His performances at Selhurst Park earned him a well-deserved call-up to the England squad, with whom he is currently competing in the World Cup in Russia.
Giving Loftus-Cheek a chance at Chelsea would not be tokenism, he’s well-equipped to make an impact on the first-team. The 22-year-old is one of the best midfielders we have on our books. Sarri ought to take notice of that and act accordingly.
Splash the cash
The Daily Mail have claimed that Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino is high on Chelsea’s summer transfer wish-list. This suggests that we’re in the market for midfield reinforcements.
If that’s the case, we ought to look no further than Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic. The Croatian revealed to Marca his desire to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. Chelsea should be front of the queue to sign him.
Kovacic is a ready-made replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who has just one-year left to run on the contract that he signed back in the summer of 2014. We have a lot of quality already within our ranks, but we should always be looking to invest and improve in order to keep pace with our rivals.