Don’t Panic Chelsea Fans 

A day rarely goes by at the moment where the press or media don’t publish something that could be described as derogatory towards Chelsea and the new season

The summer transfer window began with very little positive movement from the blues and we were instead fed a daily dose of speculation. Being linked with nearly every top supposedly available player on the planet certainly opens up your eyes to an exciting season ahead. However, frustration was felt as players, particularly promising youngsters were shipped out on loan or the case of Nathan Ake and Nathaniel Chalobah… Sold!  

Willy Caballero was signed on a free but simply as a replacement for the departing Asmir Begovic who was sold to Bournemouth.

We also of course had the realisation that the legend that is John Terry departing to pastures new. 

Eventually the window started to bear fruit as Antonio Rudiger and the well drawn out move for Tiemoue Bakayoko were completed.
The summer then took on a few twists and turns as the supposed top target Romelu Lukaku snubbed us for Manchester United. But was he really a top target? 

Of course shortly after we signed Alvaro Morata who had been hugely linked with a move to Old Trafford. Social media was awash with banter from both sides claiming to have signed the other clubs top target.

Since then things have slowed down somewhat and fans have become increasingly frustrated and many feel our rivals have stolen a march on us. Links to Mendy and Walker saw the pair form part of Manchester City’s huge fullback overhaul.

Comparisons have been drawn with the summer of 2015. A worrying thought, but are things really that bad? In a nutshell… No! That summer saw frustration as what were seen as 2nd rate signings were being made. Papy Djilobodj was hardly a signing to whet the appetite of any Chelsea fan.

The clubs pre-season campaign has hardly been a success. However it is what it says on the tin…. PRE-SEASON! You win nothing meaningful this time of year and it’s all about fitness and preparation.

Transfer speculation has continued as big names such as Alex Sandro are continually linked but to no avail. Frustration from fans continues, but we still have a few weeks of the transfer window to go you know.

So why panic? Well I can understand as the window draws to a close it is worrying to see how thin the squad looks in terms of quality of numbers. It must be remembered that we currently have a few injuries which makes it look worse, but does further expose the fact the squad needs reinforcements. 

What some fans need to realise is when improving the squad you can’t always sign the world’s best and actually don’t require a squad consisting of 25 top players who all expect to start every week. It could in fact have an adverse effect due to that very reason. 

Danny Drinkwater is one name being linked heavily right now as is Serge Aurier. Many fans are not happy particularly with the prospect of the former becoming a blue. Short memories springs to mind as the midfielder formed a great partnership with N’Golo Kante as Leicester City clinched the most unlikely of titles in 2016. He’s also a perfect fit for the home grown quota. Aurier is also a talent and comes at a hugely lower fee than Alex Sandro.

For now the press and media will continue to press the panic button as experts and former players working in the media speculate about Antonio Conte’s future. 

He signed a new contract only few weeks ago and we still have plenty of time to improve the squad. 

I personally will not pass any judgement until the window closes. Simply let Antonio work his magic as he did last season, sit back and enjoy the fabulous dramatic life of being a Chelsea fan. 

Chelsea Transfer Policy – Will they regret Traore Sale?

Courtesy: Olympique Lyonais twitter

As youth football goes Chelsea have an extremely successful set up when it comes to winning trophies. In recent years the young blues have tasted plenty of success in the FA Youth Cup and won the youth champions league in back to back to season’s. They are the current youth league Champions as well, having completed a treble last season.

When will we see these talented youngsters given a fair crack of first team football. Things have improved a tiny bit in recent years with a number of youngsters getting a number of games, but the last star to come through remains John Terry.

Now, Bertrand Traore isn’t a youth product in the same guise as the likes of Nathaniel Cholabah or Ruben Loftus Cheek, but he did originally go into the set up when arriving as a triallist at the age of 17.

The young African then went on loan to Vittesse Arnhem before coming back and joining the first team squad.

During the 2015/16 season he was given a chance amid unrest at Stamford Bridge and showed what a star he might become.

A fabulous long range effort against Stoke and a neat header against Manchester City were the highlights and it was highly thought the Sierra Lione striker had plenty to offer.

The ever changing managerial merry-go-round at Chelsea can’t help and although you can in no way fault Antonio Conte, it is obvious the difference of opinion from manager to manager does appear to effect the chances youngsters get at the bridge.

Traore found himself out on loan again. This time at Ajax. His performances in Amsterdam did seem to divide opinion with reporting problems with the Dutch clubs management. He did hit score 13 goals though, most notably 2 in the first leg of their Europa league semi final against Lyon.

Yesterday it was announced he was on the move away again. This time a permanent move to Lyon. The fee of €10m (£8.8m) does seem a snip for a 21 year old who has shown so much potential.

The Chelsea policy of buying potential and then loaning out is without doubt a winner. The clubs net spend has been low in recent seasons and 2 league titles in 3 years shows it works. It is frustrating when young talent leaves, but football is very much a business these days.

Will Chelsea regret it? Only time will tell, but you do have to look at where he stood in the pecking order in South West London. Michy Batshuayi is ahead of him and doesn’t get a look in. In addition you have youngsters such as Abraham and further down the list there’s Ugbo. Not forgetting the constant links with top strikers to replace the departing Diego Costa.

I certainly hope Chelsea won’t regret it and wish Bertrand Traore the best of luck in his career.