After that horror show against Sheffield United, it’s time to check out the top 5 players that should leave Chelsea this summer.
A summer clear out seems imminent for Chelsea following a disastrous 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United. Not only did it hamper their top-four hopes, but exposed their weaknesses in the defence.
Frank Lampard hinted as much in his post-match conference and will likely see it through, considering the club’s transfer activities so far.
"I learned a lot today. I won’t forget that tonight” says Frank Lampard.
Expect some of the guys out the door this summer, and rightly so.
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) July 11, 2020
They’ve already signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech for a combined €93m. While Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell are also believed to be on the radar.
So without further ado, let’s check out the top five players who should probably make way this summer.
After struggling to catch a break under Maurizio Sarri last season, Christensen had been expected to leave. But Lampard’s appointment as manager tipped the scales back in his favour.
The Dane has since reinserted himself as regular, but still isn’t immune to making the occasional blunder. Leaving Oli McBurnie unmarked for Sheffield’s second goal proved that.
To be fair, Christensen has been honest about his mistakes and vowed to learn from them. But at 24 years of age, he should have ironed out most of them out by now.
Since completing a €39m transfer from Ligue 1 giants Marseille in 2016, Batshuayi has gone out on loan three times to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.
The 26-year-old has only played one full season, in fact, at Chelsea during the 2016/17 campaign. He didn’t do badly either, with nine goals to his name in 28 appearances to help the club win the Premier League.
But Batshuayi has struggled to find the back of the net this term, allowing Olivier Giroud to move ahead in the pecking order. Therefore, he’s made just one start in the Premier League.
Batshuayi hasn’t even featured at all since the season restart.
The Spain international arrived in the summer of 2018 as world’s most expensive goalkeeper for a whopping €80m from Athletic Bilbao to replace the Real Madrid-bound Thibaut Courtois.
But nothing has gone right for Kepa ever since. He’s been inconsistent and hasn’t been surplus to the odd mistake either. In fact, Frank Lampard left him out for four Premier League fixtures in February.
Kepa has struggled to live up to his €80m price tag at Stamford Bridge and you have to wonder how much patience is left at Chelsea.
Rudiger has been on the receiving end of critism of late, especially after his abysmal performance in the recent 3-2 defeat to West Ham.
The 27-year-old’s display led Lampard to drop him for Chelsea’s wins against Watford and Crystal Palace. And on his return to action on Saturday, things only got worse for him.
After replacing a lacklustre Christensen in the second half, Rudiger made a terrible attempt at a clearance that led to David McGoldrick scoring Sheffield’s third and final goal at Bramell Lane.
Despite playing regularly early in the season, Barkley hasn’t always been an automatic first-choice for Lampard. He’s only made 13 starts in the Premier League, so perhaps it is time to leave?
The 26-year-old has impressed occasionally this season, but it seems Chelsea have no long-term plans for him. Especially with Lampard heavily invested in developing young talent.
Furthermore, the Blues can still recoup a decent fee for Barkley as there won’t be a shortage of suitors this summer.