Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante are the only two players that Chelsea have purchased this transfer window.
While those are certainly two superb players who have performed admirably during their limited time at Stamford Bridge, the lack of talent the Blues are able to attract should certainly be cause for concern.
To put the two transfer signings in perspective, last summer, by the end of the summer transfer window, Jose Mourinho had already brought in seven players. Two summers ago, he brought in five players. Three summers back, it was six players.
Chelsea fans are simply used to bringing in more talent than they have thus far under Conte, and have the budget to do so, so why are they not bringing in more players?
Simply put, the answer does not lie in the talent they have on the roster currently. While they had an army of players return from loan at the end of last season, they have sent the majority of those players out on loan again, or made arrangements for permanent deals with other clubs. Other than Victor Moses, who has returned from two seasons away from the Bridge, and Ola Aina, who was promoted from the youth team, no player who was out on loan last season has returned to Chelsea and started for the senior squad.
Additionally, considering the team finished 10th last season, there’s a lot of reason to believe this squad is not good enough to contend at the top of the Premier League. When you look at the talent teams like Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool have brought in, the battle for the top of the Premier League will be more hotly contested than ever. Chelsea must get on board with this summer’s transfer window as the new normal, and make inroads to improve their squad.
By most estimations of this roster, at the very least Chelsea need another center back to bolster their lineup. While John Terry may be regarded as the best Premier League defender ever by the time his career is over, the Blues’ skipper is 35, and simply isn’t capable of playing every single game at a high level for Chelsea this season.
Additionally, Kurt Zouma, the promising French center back, is still recovering from his gruesome knee injury last season, has yet to be declared fit. That leaves Gary Cahill and Matt Miazga as the only healthy center backs on the roster besides Terry. While Branislav Ivanovic can certainly shift into the center should the club need him, that creates a void at right back, which would subsequently need to be filled.
Additionally, because of the lack of depth at center back, Miazga’s development will probably suffer. Antonio Conte has indicated the 20-year-old American isn’t quite ready for Premier League soccer, but nonetheless needs to get playing time in order to develop. However, until Chelsea sign a center back to replace Miazga on the depth chart, it seems unlikely the American is headed anywhere.
Realistically, Chelsea don’t need a star, but needs to supplement their depth in this transfer window. Thus, it makes it that much more concerning that they have only brought in two players thus far. While other deals could be on the horizon, it could be a very long season at the Bridge if they do not add some depth.
While Chelsea have looked good in their three wins thus far this season, it’s hard to sustain that over the course of an entire year without squad depth. Blues fans need to hope they can add that before the transfer window closes next week.