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Seven players Chelsea MUST sell in the summer window

Despite our position at this point being much better than expected, Lampard has been criticised, and rightfully so as his inexperience ...

Despite our position at this point being much better than expected, Lampard has been criticised, and rightfully so as his inexperience has cost us points on more than a few occasions this season. However, if we look at the squad at his disposal, coupled with the transfer embargo, our manager and coaching staff have done a phenomenal job. This article might have a negative outlook, but it has to be done, and in this article, we take a look at seven players who Chelsea have to get rid of this summer, as they have been stealing a living at the club for too long. It also includes players out on loan which we have to sell permanently, and players to whom we must not award a new contract. So without beating around the bush, let’s get straight into it. 

#7 Tiemoue Bakayoko
The French midfielder was brought to London from Monaco in 2017 as a replacement for the outgoing Nemanja Matic. At the age of 22, Bakayoko was a crucial cog in the star-studded AS Monaco side of 2016-17 which won the Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals. He was also named in the Champions League team of the season. Signed for c. £40 million, his transfer went under the radar of other big-name departures such as Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy (both to Man City), and Kylian Mbappe (PSG). 

On paper, he had all the qualities to impose himself in the middle of the pitch against any opposition, as he showcased in his side’s aggregate win over Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals. He is an all-round player, possessing strength and pace to outmuscle the opponent and also boasted a very high number of interceptions per game. However, he isn’t the most technically gifted. He started his career very well and put in some fantastic performances (one can hardly forget Atletico away at the Wanda Metropolitano, which led to the famous Kante-Bakayoko song). Soon, the entire team started underperforming since Conte’s fallout with the board, and this affected Bakayoko severely, as he quite possibly portrayed the worst performance in a Chelsea shirt at Watford, despite being on the pitch only for about 30 minutes. 

It’s been all downhill for him since; being loaned to AC Milan after new coach Sarri was not particularly impressed by him. He also failed to impress Lampard and has re-joined Monaco on loan. They reportedly have an option to buy, which we should hope they activate. If they choose not to, we must find another suitor and sell him permanently once and for all.

#6 Michy Batshuayi 
Michy Batshuayi was signed from Marseille in the summer of 2016 after an impressive season in the Ligue 1. He reportedly had attracted interest from a lot of top clubs but chose Chelsea over the others. Playing second fiddle to Diego Costa in that season, he scored the decisive late goal away to West Brom which handed us the Premier League title under Antonio Conte. He has continued this tradition of scoring late winners away from home, as he reproduced the same away to Atletico in 2017, inflicting their first defeat at the new stadium, and more recently at the Johan Cryuff Arena where we beat Ajax. However, during this period, he has hardly shown any improvement and even temporarily joining our famous “loan army”. He has impressed in loan spells at Dortmund and Crystal Palace but had a torrid time in Spain with Valencia. 

Owing to the transfer ban, Frank Lampard chose to keep him at the club due to the lack of options. He did look promising whenever he has come off the bench but hasn’t stepped up when he needed to, missing big chances in key games. The resurgence of Olivier Giroud has limited his game time recently, and with Chelsea being tipped to sign another striker in the summer, it is time to finally offload the Belgian striker. 

#5 Victor Moses
The Nigerian winger who was so crucial in our title-winning campaign of 2016-17, now seems like history. He always had a rocky time at Stamford Bridge, having gone out on loan five times since being signed from Wigan Athletic in 2012. Following unsuccessful loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham, his Chelsea career hung in the balance and was forgotten about by the Blues faithful. However, he rose from the ashes like a phoenix under Antonio Conte. Previously never having played the role, Victor Moses looked like he had been born to play the right wing-back position. He was excellent in the title-winning campaign and could feature in most of the games due to the lack of competition for the position as well as the absence of European football.

The following season he faced competition from new recruit Davide Zappacosta, but still managed to make 38 appearances in all competitions. Since the departure of Antonio Conte, he has been out of favour under new boss Maurizio Sarri and joined Turkish giants Fenerbache on an 18-month loan deal. Frank Lampard, too, overlooked him. In January 2020, he joined up with former boss Antonio Conte at Inter Milan on a loan deal, terminating his spell in Turkey earlier than expected. Inter reportedly have an option to buy which they might exercise, and if they choose not to, we must sell him permanently to other potential suitors.

#4 Davide Zappacosta
Davide Zappacosta was signed from Torino in 2017 by Antonio Conte to provide back up to the aforementioned Moses. He never really settled into the club, and will always be remembered by the Chelsea fans for his screamer against Qarabag in the Champions League. Was it a cross or a shot? We’ll never know. But one thing we do know is that we have to sell him.

Currently, on loan at Roma, he has managed just 12 minutes of football this season, largely due to injuries. He is currently sidelined due to a serious knee injury, but we must sell him in the summer, as there is no point in keeping him with Reece James’ fantastic form this season.

#3 Danny Drinkwater
Another recruit of the infamous 2017 window, Danny Drinkwater’s deadline day move from Leicester has hardly gone according to plan. Signed for “depth” and to replace outgoing Matic, the English midfielder has never really made a significant impact apart from his screamer against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. Hoping to recreate the pivot in Leicester’s title-winning pivot, Drinkwater simply was not good enough to play at this level. After managing a few minutes in the 2017-18 season, he was completely out of favour under Maurizio Sarri and refused to even go out on loan, not willing to forego his six-figure per week salary at Chelsea. 

He joined Burnley at the beginning of the season, but even they terminated his loan deal. He joined up with another Chelsea legend John Terry at Aston Villa but has been woeful in the few minutes he’s managed to play. After a reported training ground bust-up, there was news of him being sent back to Chelsea. It is absolutely inexcusable to keep him and his huge dent in the wage structure at the club beyond this summer, we have to terminate his contract if that is what it comes to. 

#2 Marcos Alonso
Arguably the most controversial name to pop up in this list so far, Alonso has been the subject of terrible abuse from so-called supporters of the club since the early part of last season. Despite being the first name on the team sheet in the 2016-17 campaign, he could not replicate this in the following season. 
He showed fine form under Maurizo Sarri, playing left-back in a four at the back system for the first time in his career over a prolonged period, and signed a new contract. This reactionary decision by the board has not paid off in the slightest, as he was woeful for the remainder of the season. 
Initially, out of favour under Frank Lampard, Alonso has made a late comeback of sorts, featuring several times this season when we have elected to play three at the back. He is a fine goal-scorer and is actually our top scorer in the league in 2020 so far. He did have 2 excellent games against Liverpool and Everton recently, but is that enough to warrant him to stay at the club longer? The constant links to the Seria A especially under former boss Antonio Conte seems like the best option for all parties.

#1 Willian
And now we finally reach the final name on this listen, which has been causing a split in the fan base for years now. And the answer is, he is quite overrated by certain communities due to how he signed for the club, rejecting Spurs after it was almost certain he would join them. He was also our “saviour” in the 2015-16 season. But, the fact remains that he has scored just 59 goals and contributed to 59 more assists in 329 appearances for the club, which is staggeringly low for a winger who has had a starting role at a top club for nearly seven years. Not to mention, he will always be the “what if” player, as the number of counter-attacks he has ruined due to his poor decision making suggest. He has been a great servant for the club, but demanding a three-year deal at the age of 31 is unacceptable.

Special mention – Pedro
The Spanish winger who was signed from Barcelona in 2015 has been a fantastic professional for Chelsea Football Club. He is two-footed and has scored his fair share of belters while at the club. One can hardly ignore his ever-present smile. Although having a diminished role in recent times, he has never made a fuss. Pedro has confirmed that he will not extend his stay at Chelsea, and could be headed abroad at the age of 32. For this purpose, he was not included in the list. However, he bows out as a person in the good books and heart of every Chelsea supporter. 

This brings us to the end of the list. With a rebuild ahead, it could be a very exciting window for us and we need every bit of funds available. Selling fringe players as well as cutting huge wage earners from the list could help us in achieving this. Before throwing in names such as Jorginho, Kante, Rudiger, etc. we must first concentrate on getting rid of the deadwood at the club.

Written by - @LampardsLegacy
Edit by - @KristenPulisic

1 comment

  1. I expected you to put some accounting like how much money we will save annually with these of the bills.
    Kudos though