Things certainly haven’t gone to plan in terms of Chelsea’s presumed title push. With over 220 million pounds put in the recent summer transfer window to improve the squad heavily by bringing in some marquee signings in Werner, Havertz, Ziyech and among others, they sit in 9th, 10 points behind league leaders Manchester United. So the question is, what is going wrong at Chelsea F.C.?
Chelsea invested heavily in young, versatile players, clearly keeping an eye on the future of the club, with the only exception to the statement being Thiago Silva.
Some defensive issues from last season have been solved, with Ben Chilwell coming in and making the left-back position his own. He’s been terrific offensively bagging 2 goals and 4 assists in 20 appearances, defensively however he has been questionable but nonetheless a huge upgrade to Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri pushing them further out of Lampard’s plans.
Thiago Silva has solidified the backline, developing an impressive partnership with Kurt Zouma wherein the combined duo have seen about 8 clean sheets in 16 games.
This defence was further strengthened by the purchase of former Rennes keeper, Edouard Mendy.
Mendy who has had a good start to his Chelsea career keeping 11 clean-sheets in 21 games, he has certainly accustomed to Chelsea life and is doing a much better job than 80 million Pound purchase Kepa Arrizabalaga. Recently, however, it looks like he’s been feeling the heat of the Premier League and has had a slight dip in form. Nevertheless, he has proved to be a good purchase and has definitely made his spot in the starting XI.
On the attacking front, things haven’t exactly gone to plan. The German starlet duo of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz haven’t hit the ground running in the Premier League. With a combined total of 18 goal contributions in 50 games played, they have been disappointing in certain aspects. Albeit they are not being played in their natural positions, Werner, especially after a decent run of goalscoring, is now finding it difficult to find the back of the net and Havertz for the past few games has been benched, although he has been adjusting and been putting in good performances coming on as a substitute in recent fixtures.
Chelsea has also signed the Moroccan wizard, Hakim Ziyech from Ajax for a fee worth around 33 million pounds and so far, he has been playing well in all the games he’s started in, however, his debut season has not been easy for him as it has been belittled by injuries. In the games he has played he has developed a good understanding with homegrown talent Reece James on the right flank and both prove to be a deadly duo on the crossing front, however, they still need to have consistent game time and put in good performances.
Now, tons of questions will arise, what exactly went wrong? Why haven’t the new signings bolstered the squad? Chelsea is currently sitting at a worse position in the Premier League table than they were last season(albeit just 7 points from the top)without any signings due to a transfer ban and were forced to trust in the youth! Is the problem Lampard? Is he not experienced enough to find the correct balance in the team?