A few weeks ago, I made the point that Antonio Conte could indeed walk from the Chelsea job due to the lack of transfers, and today, Deadline Day, could be the tipping point for the Italian.
Although Conte isn’t the manager, and not involved in transfers, he only suggests, what has unfolded in the recent days must have been infuriating for the man who won the Premier League in his first season for Chelsea.
They’ve missed out on defender after defender, Alex Sandro, Kyle Walker and Serge Aurier, the biggest of the names. Now they don’t have any cover for the wing-back roles, unless new signing Rudiger or Azpilicueta play there.
Yesterday, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain decided to head north rather than to Chelsea due to not wanting to the play the position and you start to wonder, why are players not attracted to join Chelsea. We’ve just won the league.
Deals for Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley are still in the balance, both who we have been linked with for weeks, and no deal has been concluded on either front. The only midfielder we have brought in is Tiemoue Bakayoko, and he’s still recovering from an injury, albeit he has featured twice this season.
Home grown players have been an issue for Chelsea this summer. They’ve let so many go in the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, permanently, Loftus-Cheek, Baker and Abraham all on loans. Only four additions have been made, and compare that to the amount leaving, it’s some difference.
Moving onto the forward line. We were in talks for Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Fernando Llorente. Morata signed as Lukaku chose United. But we have been linked with Llorente since Conte arrived and nothing has been done about it, until Spurs made a bid, and now he is undergoing a medical there.
This board is not backing the man who has brought them success. Yes, they may not want to change the business approach they have, as it has worked since they have arrived, but with the outgoings, incomings are needed.
This could antagonise Conte’s relationship with the hierarchy at Chelsea, and he coud eventually walk due to being left with a depleted squad in terms of numbers. Packed with quality, yes. But, we are challenging on all fronts this year, and to do that we need a large squad to be able to rotate, and that is something, at the moment that Antonio Conte does not have at his disposal.