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The summer transfer nightmare of Antonio Conte

Sunday 13th August 2017
Well, where do we start? From the Costa saga to the sale of multiple young English stars and needing homegrown talent to fulfil their quota. Antonio Conte really has had a mess of a transfer window.

Unless the Italian is working underground on multiple deals, I'll say behind Spurs, they've had the worst transfer window among the top seven sides from last season.

Antonio Conte vs. Diego Costa

Diego Costa looks due to get his wish, especially with the Blues finishing off their deal of Alvaro Morata a while ago. Both Spaniards scored similar numbers but Costa being four years, might have fewer years left at the top. But this is a massive loss for Chelsea as Costa has shown he is a proven 20+ goals a season striker. Morata, Chelsea's £60m purchase only got double figures in the league for the first time in his senior career. To put it into perspective, he started the majority of games from the bench at Real Madrid.

On top of that, they have not brought in anywhere near enough players to supplement a squad in much need of depth, especially being in the Champions League this season.

Sale of youngsters

This is inexplicable but is absolute proof of their "results now" approach and philosophy. Chelsea has sold Ake and Solanke, loaned out Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Hector, Kalas, Blackman and worst of all, Tammy Abraham. The sale/loaning of most of these looks especially questionable, as if the team is looking to fulfil that homegrown quota now. This is the only reason they are now being linked with the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley.

Weak bench

Chelsea have clearly resigned themselves to losing Begovic, a former Premier League number one and still only 30-years-old. Their response: bring in Willy Caballero for free. Why not settle with Eduardo, a Portuguese international with plenty of experience.

In defence, Chelsea has two players who will need replacing in a few years. There is no depth in the full-back areas and are even lighter now with the suspension of new club captain Cahill. Kurt Zouma would have provided much-needed solidity and depth for Conte. Meanwhile, in midfield, they are just as light, with only four senior central midfielders. One of these is now suspended, their new signing is unlikely to play until October, what was Conte thinking?

The attack is arguably the one place where they have sufficient depth, with the likes of Willian, Hazard, Morata, Batshuayi, Pedro etc. But the issue needs to be addressed of squad depth as only 15 players were used last season in the Chelsea starting line up. In terms of squad size, they've in fact,

In terms of squad size, they've in fact, now smaller with the purchase of players only supplementing those sold. On top of that, they've loaned out twice as many players as they have bought. Recruitment needs serious review.

Opening weekend review

The last thing Antonio Conte needed was a performance like this: dysfunction personified. The first half was the stuff made of title rivals' dreams and Chelsea fans' nightmares. Going into the changing rooms at half-time three-nil down at home with your captain sent off was certainly worse than what the Italian could have possibly anticipated. The second half dramatically improved, especially with the introduction of Morata.

In all fairness, Antonio Conte was trying to avoid this and the lack of support given by the board might be a sign of the season that lies ahead for the Premier League champions.
Tyrone Chambers

I know most people either love them or hate them but I a massive fan of Manchester United. I'm not afraid to speak the truth. Writing it as it is, bold enough to say it in the way no manager or player could say in public. I write about all things football but I love music as well, both listening and playing, keen drummer.

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