A bit of difficult time to be cheering if you from Chelsea or a Chelsea fan. A bad result followed some good news before Matchday 16 kicked off.
Saturday’s first of the day and the initial kickoff for Matchday 16 had the prediction of a one-side affair with a certain winner and loser. But because there is a God and football doesn’t necessarily like to be predictable the game went against the grain.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea side took a trek to Goodison Park and battle it out against a managerless Everton. Just about 24 hours since the departure of Marco Silva, with Everton still licking their wounds from the Merseyside derby, they now had to entertain a strong Chelsea in front of the home crowd.
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It didn’t go as plan and a broken Toffees’ side emerged victoriously. The game ended with the scoreline 3-1 to the home side and Frank’s boys couldn’t build on the news of their transfer ban being halved.
What we did observe from the clash was that Chelsea are in need of quality in certain areas and the transfer ban couldn’t be lifted any sooner as they lose their third game in four Premier League outings.
Transfer talks named by Chelsea
Chelsea’s defensive problems were exposed from day one of the Premier League. Set-pieces, open play, you name it and Chelsea were falling victim to it.
A new look Stamford Bridge constructed by Blues’ legend, Frank Lampard laid waste to the English lands. The attacking threat poised on them was taking the EPL by storm, and there was no doubting this team could do damage in front of goal.
What they were lacking in and still are today is keeping a clean sheet. Due to this inability to stop opposing attacks that has led to a total of 24 goals conceded (the highest of all the teams sitting in the top six), Chelsea’s transfer links have pointed in two directions.
Nathan Ake at £40 million
The ex-Chelsea player is said to be valued at £40m, with there being no debate he has the ability to become a world-class centre-back. Eddie Howe had the guts to stand firm and fend off any club wanting the service of their main defender during the summer transfer window.
Knowing Leicester were in search of a Harry Maguire replacement and was set on charging them a similar amount charged for the highest defensive transfer in history. They blocked all transfers for Nathan Ake.
Now the Dutch centre-half has a chance to rejoin the club he once loved. At £40m, I’d say it’s a bargain in today’s market and if so, Chelsea will get their man during the winter window with all the funds saved from sales of Eden Hazard and others. All while not making single transfer.
Ben Chilwell market value £29 million
Ben Chilwell’s market value doesn’t even begin to explain how well he and the Foxes have been doing under new the Rodgers’ regime. If Frank Lampard wants the Leicester City player he better come up with a bigger and more lucrative deal than £29m.
At 22-years-old only, he will stand in as a long-term Chelsea player, something Frank wants and needs with his group of young players. With all his experience plus his age, and the fact his English, Chelsea could be looking at another £40m-£50m for the left-back.
Despite only gaining three points from the 12 points played for in recent weeks, things are looking up for a side sitting above their projection afore the season kicked off. With transfers inevitably coming in, they will stand a better chance at collecting points.