With Chelsea’s transfer ban now lifted, there’s every chance Frank Lampard is plotting a squad overhaul in the summer. Simon Phillips runs the rule over who may leave.
I cast my mind back to last week when the line-up was announced for Chelsea’s Premier League game against Manchester United…which they ended up losing. England was being hit by Storm Dennis, and the front three picked by Frank Lampard had me believing we’d been blown back in time.
Willian, Pedro, and Michy Batshuayi all started for Chelsea in a front three that could easily have been from 2016. This reiterated to me how badly the club needs a mini overhaul this summer, clearing out some deadwood, and giving Lampard the tools he deserves to succeed.
So, with that in mind, here are eight players I believe are likely to leave this summer in order to make room for new quality additions – and for some even more promising youngsters to be promoted!
The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and is already surplus to requirements under Lampard. He’s been a great servant and put in some fine displays. He'll be fondly remembered by the Chelsea faithful.
Allegedly wants a three-year contract, but Chelsea are only willing to offer him two. I think it’s safe to say there’s only one way this goes down unless Willian is willing to drop his ridiculous demands. For context, John Terry was only offered a one-year deal, and David Luiz a two-year one.
The Belgian international has failed to step up to the mark this season after being given a number of chances by Lampard and will likely be sold. I can see him going back to Crystal Palace permanently.
The French World Cup winner has been largely overlooked by Lampard this season, but has always remained professional. He will be another whose fondly remembered by Chelsea fans, but with his contract up in the summer, it’s highly unlikely it'll be renewed.
Alonso has been one of those harshly abused by some fans, and he’s likely to leave in the summer unless he finds a new lease of life in the 3-4-3 formation that Lampard’s currently trialing. Alonso has always been better suited to a wing-back role, as opposed to full-back, where he’s often been found out defensively.
You get the feeling Emerson is keen on returning to Italy, having lost his regular place at left back to the right-footed Cesar Azpilicueta. He’s never truly settled at Chelsea.
Lampard just doesn’t trust him. I believe this is largely because of his lack of presence and dominance in the box and on crosses. I think Lampard wants a more physically imposing goalkeeper, one who commands his box. As a result, I think we could see Kepa sold, perhaps in part of a deal to bring in a new keeper.
I don’t think the club or Lampard will want to sell him necessarily, but I do think he could ask to leave if he continues playing second fiddle to Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen. Not ‘likely’ to leave as such, but it is quite possible.