Chelsea currently lie fifth in the Premier League table with their form being in the shadow what it was last season.
They face a real challenge to finish in the top four and qualify for Europe’s elite tournament.
Having lost key players such as Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa during the summer, the club failed to bring in adequate replacements.
Manager Antonio Conte vowed not to have a “Mourinho season” during the summer. Unfortunately, the current campaign could see this season becoming the second worst of the Roman Abramovich era.
Here are the three players that the club must sell and the players who if brought in as replacements, could see the Blues lift the Premier League trophy in May 2019.
1. Tiemoue Bakayoko out, Victor Wanyama in:
Bakayoko was intended to replace the void left by Nemanja Matic’s controversial switch to Manchester United.
At times the Frenchman has had plenty to offer going forward as he displayed in the 2-1 win over the Red Devils last year.
On the contrary, he ultimately lacks the defensive attributes needed to strive in England. His poor positioning has exposed the Chelsea back-line on numerous occasions this season and is arguably one of the main contributors to Chelsea’s poor league form.
With Manchester United and Liverpool recently becoming linked with Victor Wanyama, the Kenyan international may well be set to leave north London.
Wanyama and N’Golo Kante could be the ultimate midfield partnership at Chelsea.
2. Michy Batshuayi out, Tammy Abraham in:
Having been loaned out to Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season, Batshuayi seems to be enjoying life in the Bundesliga. The Belgian has finally got an opportunity to prove himself to Roberto Martinez and his assistant, Thierry Henry, ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Despite this uptake in form, Batshuayi hasn’t been able to produce the goods at Chelsea.
His lack of spatial awareness and poor ability to pick out players in key positions has seen him struggle.
At times he has been selfish in possession and has cost the club numerous goal scoring opportunities.
Tammy Abraham has come through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and has been far more prolific in the Premier League than Batshuayi.
He has been the shining light of Swansea’s struggle to prevent relegation. Surely his hunger and pace could be utilised by a counter-attacking manager such as Conte.
When Morata hasn’t performed, Chelsea have only had Batshuayi to turn to. Although Olivier Giroud has arrived from Arsenal, Conte seems reluctant to include the club’s newest frontman.
Why not give a hungry 20-year-old the chance to show the qualities he has shown at Bristol, Swansea and at the club’s youth teams?
3. Alvaro Morata out, Robert Lewandowski in:
Many may be shocked by this but the Spaniard has been a nuisance to the side for the majority of the season.
He has failed to emulate the form of his fellow countryman, Diego Costa, who we now know is on another level both physically and intellectually.
In the club’s most recent defeat to Manchester United, Morata spent most of the game on the ground.
Despite an electric start to life in the capital with six goals in his first six games, recent back problems have seen the former Juventus striker lose form and fail to contribute to a side currently struggling. Conte’s faith in him now appears to be unjustified.
With the exclusion of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski has been arguably the continent’s most consistent attacker in recent years.
He has scored 20 Bundesliga goals in 24 games for Bayern Munich this season.
With Harry Kane, Mohammed Salah and Sergio Aguero all scoring over 20 goals already, Morata has only hit the net 10 times in the league in comparison to Lewandowski who has doubled the Spaniard’s tally.