Can Potter turn the current situation around?
Chelsea are in bad form ahead of the World Cup. And although they are given a six-week break, it is unlikely that the Blues will take advantage of this period to successfully correct themselves.
In all competitions, the Blues have only won 1 of the last 6 matches. That only win came in the final round of the Champions League group stage against Dinamo Zagreb. In the Premier League, Chelsea’s last win was against Aston Villa on October 16, more than two months ago.
The decline in form has caused Chelsea to drop to 8th place in the Premier League table. The season is long but the Blues are currently eight points behind Tottenham in fourth place.
Many people have opposed Coach Graham Potter and he needs to change this situation. Chelsea accept to trust their head coach for a long time but the pressure will continue to increase if recent form does not improve.
Will Chelsea spend money in January?
The January transfer window is approaching and this could be a busy period for the London club. When Armado Broja was injured and out of action for a long time, the Blues considered buying more strikers.
They also want to replenish their midfield as N’golo Kante has been revealed to be out until March. Ajax’s Edson Alvarez remains a key target after the club fell through with a £43m bid. in the summer.
Declan Rice is the club’s number one target for a central midfield position, but West Ham United are unlikely to let the England international leave the club mid-season. Chelsea are expected to review the situation in the summer, when Rice will have just 12 months left on her contract at London Stadium.
Will the Chelsea players get well?
Chelsea have been really struggling with injuries so far this season. They possess the depth of the squad but losing many key players will hurt any team.
Except for Kante and Broja’s injuries just mentioned, the list of friends on the club’s hospital bed at each stage of the current season also includes Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Carney Chukwuemeka, Mateo Kovacic.
Who will be the main goalkeeper?
Before taking a month and a half off, Kepa Arrizabalaga was Chelsea’s number one goalkeeper. However, Kepa was injured in the match against Brighton and missed the last four matches before the World Cup, thereby replacing Edouard Mendy.
However, Mendy was on the decline, so the position of keeper became a matter of concern. It will be interesting to see if Kepa can keep his place if he is fit enough to face Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Will Lewis Hall continue to be trusted?
Lewis Hall was awarded consecutive starting spots before the World Cup. The 18-year-old Chelsea academy star impressed at left-back against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. Therefore, there is a wave of support for Potter giving the morning star the opportunity to show more.
Hall’s forte is central midfield, but the boy has performed very well on the wing. Potter will keep faith in Hall when Chelsea face Bournemouth, or will he look to a more experienced and safe option than Marc Cucurella?
Lu Feng | 22:21 December 25, 2022