In the last couple of weeks, we have seen the Chelsea board and upper management make more than a few major acquisitions in the transfer market. The club finished fourth in the Premier League last season, but there is plenty of optimism that they will push for a title in this upcoming campaign.
Prior to the end of the 19/20 season, Chelsea already signed two forwards that would be in their squad for the following season. Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are two attackers who will create a lot of space for each other and contribute to many goals for this club for years to come.
If you wanted to specifically analyze those two additions, the transfer window was already a major success for the club. Instead of settling at just that, manager Frank Lampard and his staff decided to make more moves and resolve weaker positions in the squad.
Over the course of the last week and a half, we have seen the club announce three more major signings. Chelsea has a plethora of attacking talent, so they decided to sure up the back with two defenders. Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva are significant defensive upgrades considering the team conceded 54 goals in the league last season.
The other addition Chelsea made in the last few days was for forward Kai Havertz. The former Bayern Leverkusen attacker agreed to personal terms with the English side almost a month ago, but the deal was finally completed this past Friday. The German international will add a ton of versatility to their frontline with his ability to play multiple roles in the attack.
With all the additions the club has made in the last six months, Lampard and his players will be looking to make a big push towards another league title. Many predicted Chelsea to struggle last season with an inexperienced manager and young squad, but the squad made plenty of strides that will give them confidence going into this season.
Progression from Christian Pulisic:
One of those players who really progressed towards the end of the season was Christian Pulisic. The American international took some time to adjust to the Premier League after making his move from Borussia Dortmund. When the league returned in late June, the forward had recovered from a long-term injury and he showed what he can do at his best.
In nine league fixtures to end the season, Pulisic has six goal contributions, including a goal and an assist off the bench against Liverpool. After scoring a brilliant goal in the FA Cup Final against Arsenal, he picked up a hamstring injury which unfortunately forced him off the pitch. If Pulisic can replicate that good form he had towards the end of the season, Lampard will have a hard time keeping him out of the starting lineup.
The depth of the Chelsea squad going into this season is much stronger compared to last season. Defensively, Silva and Chilwell along with Reece James, Kurt Zouma, and César Azpilicueta make up a very solid backline. The biggest question mark in that part of the field is at the goalkeeper position with Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Spanish keeper has struggled to limit key errors, and he will need to perform better this season if he wants to keep his spot on the team.
In the middle of the park, Chelsea have plenty of options depending on what formation they are playing. Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Jorginho are all box to box midfielders who have a high work rate and track back defensively.
N’Golo Kante is best utilized as a defensive midfielder in which his main priority is to protect the back four. The other midfielder who had consistent playing time last season was Mason Mount, who can play a number of positions including as a winger in the front three.
The most intriguing part of the field is in the attack, as the three new forward additions could create one of the best attacks in recent memory. Werner, Ziyech, and Havertz are three different types of footballers who will offer different qualities in the final third.
Pulisic will look to reproduce the form he had at the end of last season, while 19-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi will look to have a bigger impact with the departures of Pedro and Willian. Tammy Abraham is much more of a “traditional” striker who will look to score double digits goals after slotting home 15 last campaign. Olivier Giroud is a target man who wants to win 50/50 balls and have wingers play off of him.
With the signings the club has made in the summer window, Chelsea are looking to push Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. The biggest concern going into this campaign was their defense, but Silva and Chillwell will solve a lot of those recurring issues.
If Lampard and his staff can help this team get off to a good start to the league season, watch out for Chelsea in the title race towards the end of the season.