How Chelsea could line up for the 2020/21 season
Chelsea’s Potential Lineup For The 2020/21 Season
Chelsea could have a very strong side come the start of the 2020/21 season, especially if they can round off this season by finishing inside the top four.
They have already showed their intent to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City next year with the signing of Hakim Ziyech and the expected arrival of Timo Werner but just how will the Chelsea side look next season?
Starting off in goal is Kepa Arrizabalaga, whilst the Spaniard had a torrid time in net at the turn of the year and even got dropped in favour of Willy Caballero, he managed to regain his starting position in-between the sticks.
Whilst I have him favourite to remain at the Bridge, links to Ajax’s Andre Onana could come into fruition if the Spaniard falls out of form in the back end of the season.
Defence has been a problem for Chelsea this season as they have conceded 39 goals that’s just one shy of 15th place Brighton. A lot looks set to change for the Blues, captain Cesar Azpilicueta might struggle to fit in the starting eleven with Reece James making a name for himself at right back. Although he can be deployed as a left back. The problem with that however is the countless names being thrown into the rumour mill. Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa and Porto’s Alex Telles all appear to be prime targets. Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri seem to be the main weak spot of the team and the sooner they can plug the full back spot the better. Whilst Ben Chilwell is the favourite, Alex Telles screams out to be the better value option.
The two centre backs at Chelsea have chopped and changed in the past season with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori being the main candidates. We have seen how elite centre backs change teams with the likes of Virgil Van Dijk at Liverpool. Chelsea will need to find that partner for Antonio Rudiger ahead of next season.
Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli would be an expensive transfer but one that would surely make Chelsea a threat to the top two teams. However, with a release clause of £135 Million the sales of Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen would need to be made. The other option would be Jerome Boateng, the experienced centre back still has a lot to give and whilst he may look for a move away from Bayern Munich, Chelsea would have to fend off other pursuers in Arsenal. My choice for the role would be Jerome Boateng.
Lampard has mainly operated a 4-2-3-1 this season and the two centre midfielders I have are N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic. Both extremely hard working and possess qualities to get the ball back and start a quick counter. Whilst Jorginho has played well for Chelsea, any offer from Juventus looks set to pry him away from Frank Lampard’s hands.
On the right wing would be new signing Hakim Ziyech, who arrived from Ajax for £36 million pounds. Despite his talent he would still have to hit the ground running with plenty of depth in the wings for the Blues.
On the left would be another Chelsea signing. Timo Werner will complete his £42 million move to Chelsea in the coming days however the forward is more likely to be deployed on the left-hand side due to his pace and lack of Aerial ability to play as the centre striker proven from his days at RB Leipzig.
The attacking mid role was very hard to choose. Kai Havertz is one of the hottest prospects in football with almost every club fighting for his signature. Chelsea are a name in the mix and given that they are looking to move on a lot of players could potentially put a very serious offer in the mix. This would however kick one of Frank Lampard’s favourites out of the team in Mason Mount but when a player of Havertz ability is available, Chelsea would be stupid to at least not consider him.
Tammy Abraham will more than likely start upfront at the Bridge next season. 13 goals in 23 starts was a decent return from the youngster and given that he will be playing with three new signings behind him, should they carry their form over, he could have a stellar season.
Will Timo Werner be bolstering the Chelsea front line come the start of next season? As of now the deal looks likely, however it is far from a done deal.
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