Possible Victims of Success
Football is a demanding sport, and more so if you play for one of the biggest clubs in the world like Chelsea. The champions of England now face the task of not repeating the title implosion suffered in 15/16 season and make forays into the Champions League on which they missed out just a year ago. To eschew that, the club will have to learn from the mistakes of last summer and afford the championship winning manager a warchest befitting his status. But before that, the club will look to move on from some of the peripheral figures of our title winning season to aid the surmounting of a squad capable of fighting on all fronts without an over dependency on certain players. So with that in mind, let's look at the possible victims of success-those who might be moved on to pave way for those coming.
When Jose bought the Frenchman he was deemed to be the future replacement for the departing John Terry but it may well turn out that the France defender may depart with the player he was touted to replace not many months ago.The 22 year old has struggled to keep shape of Conte's three man defense and it's seen him fall behind in the pecking order. Though his alienage to the formation may also be attributed to the injury lay off he had before Conte took charge, but even then, his awareness in back-three- defense leaves much to be desired about, and that could be sole reason that might see him moved. Already the likes of Marseille have being credited with interest. The only downside of the deal may be that we may lose one of the finest young defender around but that can also be offset by Christensen who's looked a capable player throughout his two year loan away from the club in the German league with some brilliant outings. Probably a loan might be the best decision for both parties but what's certain is that the defender's hiatus/separation from the bridge looks to be this summer.
Not that he's not able. Infact, the Spaniard has outnumbered some of his counterparts with his outings but it's his inability to operate with pure pace or box-to-box talent which has pinned him to the bench mostly. There was talk of him being played into a role akin to that the legend Andrea Pirlo executed under Conte at Juventus but that's been shot down with Conte seemingly preferring a revolutional 3-4-3 formation to the 3-5- 2 which has arguably been his facade as a manager. His wages also do hinder his long stay at the bridge. He'ss already one of the top earning players at the club and by getting him off the wage bill and getting a transfer fee for him, it could avail the club to buy into Conte's philosophy and get him the Naingolanns or Vidals of this world to complete the industrious midfield that the Italian tactician appears to be yearning for.
This one you might call "a victim of success" but then again, you could say on current form or type of a player, Pedro fits the bill more. Willian is definitely a crowd favorite with his workaholic nature and that famous spurs snub. He's found his place in the side limited due to the resurgence of the former Barcelona man, Pedro. But even in his limited edition, he's managed to chip in with goals and has reached double figures this season. You could argue he'd be as useful as anyone as we chase on all fronts next season. If the club and Conte wants to sell though, this is the right time to claim top dollar for the pacey winger and the club do hold the aces as he's tied to a contract until 2020. Either way, this one looks like a decision that will solely depend on the club's direction more than the player himself pushing for a move.
Bar the academy graduates and loanees, the aforementioned players do look like the potential big names who will be moved on/demand for game time elsewhere as the world cup in the summer will be just a year away.