Every time a transfer window opens, there are always speculations linking players with moves to one club or another. Another transfer window has come, and there’s a lot of speculation over what club will move for what player. One player that has been frequently mentioned or linked with Chelsea this season is Spanish striker, Fernando Llorente, who currently plays for Swansea City. The striker has worked with Conte in the past, and is said to be in favour of a move away from the Liberty Stadium, since he has struggled for game time there. Antonio Conte is also reportedly keen on bringing the forward to Stamford Bridge to bolster his attacking options.
Now, I’m not against any move that would better the cause of my dear Chelsea, but if it involves seeing a much better player leave Stamford Bridge, which could eventually affect our depth and progress, then, I’m never for it.
According to reports both in Italy and England, Conte is willing to let Batshuayi go in order to get Llorente. I really do not see any wisdom in any such deal. I agree that Llorente is a good striker, but I’d take Batshuayi over him anytime, any day. Batshuayi may have wasted a number of chances against West Ham in the League Cup game that saw us knocked out, but that doesn’t suddenly make him less superior to Llorente. He’s still the same Batshuayi that scored a remarkable number of goals for Marseille last season. He’s still the same man that scored with his first touch for Belgium at the Euros. He’s still the man we paid over £30 million for. He has not gotten enough game time this season, but he’s already scored 4 times. Batshuayi is a great player, and certainly would offer us better than Llorente would. Conte should forget any thoughts of bringing in Llorente, and focus on helping Bats be better. I understand the need to bolster the squad this January, but if we need a new player, it probably should be a wing-back, another creative midfielder and another holding midfielder; certainly not Llorente.
This is my opinion. You too can have your say.