ቼልሲ በስታምፎርድ ብሪጅ መጥፎ የሚባል የውድድር ዘመን ማሳለፉን ተከትሎ በመጪው ክረምት በቡድን ስብሱቡ ላይ መጠነ ሰፊ የሚባል ለውጥ ለማድረግ ተዘጋጅቷል።
የፕሪሚየር ሊጉ ሻምፒዮኖች እንደ2016ቱ አሸናፊነታቸውን ማስጠበቅ በማይችሉበት ደረጃ በመንኮታኮት ላይ ባይገኙም፣ ነገር ግን የአንቶኒዮ ኮንቴው ቡድን እንደባለፈው የውድድር ዘመን ሁሉ የንግስና ዘውዱን እንደደፋ መዝለቅ አልተቻለውም።
ሰማያዊዎቹ በ28 ዓመት ውስጥ በሜዳቸው በቶተንሃም የደረሰባቸው ሽንፈት ስኬታማ ባለመሆናቸው ጋር ተደማምሮ የኤፍኤ ዋንጫውን ማሸነፍ ቢችሉ እንኳ የውድድር ዘመናቸውን እንደስኬት የሚቆጥራላቸው የለም።
በመሆኑም በምዕራብ ለንደን ለውጥ አስፈላጊ የሆነ ይመስላል። እንደእንግሊዙ ዘቴሌግራፍ ዘገባ ከሆነም በሚቀጥለው የውድድር ዘመን በክለቡ በአሰልጣኝነት መቀጠላቸው እርግጥ ያልሆኑትን አንቶኒዮ ኮንቴን እግር ተከትለው በመጪው ክረምት ክለቡን ሊለቁ የሚችሉ ዘጠኝ ተጫዋቾች አሉ። እነዚህ ተጫዋች እነማን ናቸው?
ቤልጂየማዊው የግብ ዘብ ባለፉት ጥቂት የውድድር ዘመናት ያሳየውን ብቃት በዚህ የውድድር ዘመን መድገም ተቸግሮ ክለቡን ለመልቀቅ ደጀፍ ላይ የሚገኝ ተጫዋች ነው።
ክለቡን የመልቀቅ ምኞቱ የሚሰምርለት ከሆነም ሪያል ማድሪድ ወይም ፒኤስጂ በሚቀጥለው የውድድር ዘመን በሻምፒዮንስ ሊግ ውድድር ላይ መጫወት የሚፈልገውን የ25 ዓመቱን ግብ ጠባቂ ሊያዛውሩት ይችላሉ።
ጋሪ ካሂል የጆን ቴሪን መልቀቅ ተከትሎ የክለቡ አምበል የመሆኑ ዜና ያስደሰታቸው የቼልሲ ደጋፊዎች ጥቂት ነበሩ።
There were very few Chelsea fans happy with the news Gary Cahill would become their skipper in the wake of John Terry’s departure, and his lack of game time this season suggests they weren’t the only ones.
He’s only made 21 Premier League appearances this season out of a possible 31 and has lost his place in the England setup.
The youngster has impressed on loan at Stoke, and despite their lowly league position, he’s had some valuable Premier League experience, playing 28 times.
Chelsea rate him very highly, tying him down to a six-year contract in July last year, but the 23-year-old will want assurances of game time should he decide to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz has been out of action with an alleged knee and ankle injury – but amidst reports the Brazilian fell out with Antonio Conte, it’s not been surprising to see him not selected.
He’s started just four games since the start of November, the last of which was the 4-1 loss to Watford, and with just one-year remaining on his current deal, his long-term future is in the balance.
He’s looked tired, slow and a yard off the pace for much of the season and it wouldn’t be a surprise if this season is his last in blue.
Fabregas still can offer a lot to a Premier League side, but alongside the diminutive N’Golo Kante, he just doesn’t offer enough leaving his midfield partner to do running for two.
Another with a year left on his contract, Chelsea could cut their losses and cash in on the 30-year-old.
It’s no surprise to see Eden Hazard’s name on a list of Chelsea players who could be on their way out. Hazard, like fellow countryman Courtois, hasn’t been shy when it comes to talking about his future.
He’s clearly the Blues’ best player when he wants to be but all too often he just doesn’t show up when they need him. A huge offer could tempt the Chelsea hierarchy to part with their star man.
The former Barcelona winger has shown shades of brilliance throughout his career in west London, but he’s not hit the heights expected of him.
With one-year left on his current deal, Chelsea will be looking to younger alternatives like Leon Bailey in the transfer market, with the 30-year-old likely to be flogged.
When Chelsea signed Giroud in January, it looked like a desperate bid to help with their flailing chances of top-four and the Champions League.
The Frenchman has barely featured and will only have a year left on his contract meaning he could be sold to make way for some new blood.
Having become a revelation in Germany, Chelsea will be praying his form in the Bundesliga can be carried on into the Premier League next season.
Batshuayi is young and hungry and will not accept another season as second fiddle – and if he can perform like he has for Dortmund, there’s no reason why he can’t become first choice striker.
If not, he’ll be sold and they’ll no doubt regret this one in years to come a la Salah, De Bruyne and Lukaku.