A lot has been said bout Chelsea’s dwindling fortunes this season, and much can be put to the club’s recent transfer policy.
In this piece, we’d look at Chelsea’s transfer policies and how it relates to our season so far.
The Blues once dominated the transfer market under Roman Abramovich, but have now lost that financial advantage to other billionaire-owner backed clubs. The new spiralling TV right deals have made other clubs bigger and better. The years of Chelsea blowing other clubs out of the waters when signing players is way over. The need for self-sufficiency that would see Chelsea run without the vast riches of Abramovich in 2010 as revealed by former Chief Executive, Peter Kenyon is another contributing factor. The reality is that Chelsea have been gazumped in the big money transfer by other super rich clubs.
A NEW CLUB TRANSFER POLICY:
How do we fight and win trophies with average or low-profile players? In his first stint at the club, Jose Mourinho bemoaned this situation during him time at the club:
“Omelettes, eggs. No eggs, no omelettes. And it depends on the quality of the eggs in the supermarket. They are class one, two or three and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. When the class one eggs are not available you have a problem”.
It is glaring that one of Chelsea’s inability to compete for the title this season hinges on the quality of players we sign. Chelsea no longer buy the best, but now buy average players with potentials which they expect Conte or (whoever is manager) to blood into the team and make them star player, and possibly later sell them at a premium. This plan has not been all rosy. Would the likes of Marcos Alonso, Danny Drinkwater, Tiemuoe Bakayoko, Davide Zappacosta or Ross Barkley be Chelsea’s biggest signings during our spending spree years?. No disrespect, they are in the category of grade 2 and 3 eggs, more like average players that need to fulfill their potentials to be world class players. To imagine Chelsea have sold players that are better than the current crop of players we have is sickening. The likes of Ryan Bertrand, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Mo’ Salah, Nemanja Matic, Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Ake, John Obi Mikel and Diego Costa have all left only to be replaced by inferior signings.
For me, Conte is right to complain about Chelsea inability to sign quality players especially with the club’s huge demand for success. Chelsea knew Conte’s reason for quitting Juventus was down to transfer signings, so why not give him he tools he needs to do the job. A former protégé of the Italian Coach, Andrea Pirlo had this to say about him:
“If he takes a job, any job, it will have to be on his terms. The players he wants to sign, those he wants to get rid of, the style he wants to play.
“If you sign him as your coach and then as the owner you want to start making decisions, he is not the coach for you.”
It is clear to see reasons for the impasse between Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy. If Chelsea fail this season, the blame should not only be put on Conte alone, but the club too. The truth is the club has regressed in terms of his playing staff and need to make the quantum leap. This means that Chelsea would need to splash the cash to be competitive against other European super rich and powerful clubs or risk being left behind.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!