The Blues are well off the pace in the Premier League, and despite being 16 points of leaders Manchester City, Chelsea’s start to the season hasn’t been poor to what many are making it out to be.
Chelsea are out of the title race, unless City capitulate which is highly unlikely however the January transfer window which opens at the start of next week. has to be a statement of intent from the Blues’ hierarchy.
The summer was a disaster to say the least. Let’s put aside the players we have brought in, Alvaro Morata being the main addition who has had a fine start to his Chelsea career, it was an incredibly poor window.
Antonio Conte targeted and wanted big names, but the club failed to bring in his desired options. Alex Sandro, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the icing on the cake, Fernando Llorente. Two out of those three players above chose to move elsewhere. Llorente didn’t join the club because Chelsea refused to pay the £15m asking price.
It wasn’t just with the incomings, the outgoings as well. Nemanja Matic being sold to rivals Manchester United, a decision which Conte made clear wasn’t his.
“And sometimes you must accept different decisions. But he is a great loss for us.”
He repeatedly made it evident that the final decision lay with the club; hence the role he took on was as Head Coach and not manager. But regardless of his position’s title, this is a make or break window for his future, there is no question about it.
If the club failed to back him in the summer after they have won the Premier League title, a move they have done previously with Jose Mourinho following the 2014/15 triumph, then they have to back him now.
Chelsea are still in three competitions, Carabao Cup, FA Cup and the Champions League. It is going to be hard to bring in names who aren’t cup tied, players prices are going to be at a premium but if the club decide to go short on a valuation and an offer in which a club are going to accept, if not ludicrous, then they will only have themselves to blame if the Italian decides to head for the exit.
The club stand for success, if you can’t bring success you are out of the door. It has worked, very well in fact however they can’t leave Conte hung out to dry.
There may be the excuse that Conte doesn’t stay in a job for long, but the success he has already achieved at Chelsea with a side who had a shocking season prior to his arrival, they have to let him put his stamp on the side with his own players.
Everything at the club is heading in the right direction, particularly with the youngsters coming through, most notably Andreas Christensen who has been very impressive at the back since cementing his place in the side.
Speculation has begun, and it is now time for the club to act, alongside the manager. There is no need for bringing in players that the manager isn’t happy with.