After a lacklustre pre-season and a disappointing start to the new Premier League campaign, where do Chelsea need to strengthen if they want to retain their Premier League crown before the transfer window closes in three weeks time?
Chelsea started the defence of their Premier League title with a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea (read our match review here). The champions had good spells in the first half and towards the end of the match but overall looked vulnerable defensively and struggled to create chances going forward.
The stats back up that view. Chelsea had a total of 11 shots with just 3 on target while Swansea had a total of 17 shots with 10 on target. Swansea also had more corners, eight to Chelsea’s four.
What make it more worrying is that Chelsea had these exact problems in their pre-season campaign and have been very quiet in the transfer market so far.
So where do Chelsea need to improve?
Well there’s good news here because it looks like Chelsea have finally signed 21 year old Baba Rahman from Augsburg. The deal has taken so long to go through because Chelsea have been haggling over the price with Augsburg, they had agreed personal terms with the player a while ago.
After they let Filipe Luis return to Atletico Madrid, Chelsea were without a natural left back and without cover for Cesar ‘Dave’ Azpilicueta.
Looks like this area is now solved. It is just a shame it has taken so long to complete.
The main centre back that Chelsea have been looking at this summer has been Everton’s John Stones. Chelsea have already had two bids for Stones rejected and Roberto Martinez is becoming increasingly upset by it all.
Rumours are that Everton value the player at £34 million, if Chelsea, or any other club, are willing to meet that value then Everton will sell.
There are more rumours that Chelsea are going to go back in with a third bid for Stones this week to test Everton’s resolve.
Considering the bid is now around £30 million, why don’t Chelsea just go and pay the difference so they can get the deal sorted and start to integrate the player into the squad?
Another beast in midfield who can be rotated with Nemanja Matic during busy fixture periods or during injuries and suspensions, but someone who can also play alongside Matic in the big games or when Chelsea want to shut up shop.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopefully can step up this season and try to claim this spot for his own, but because he is still young and inexperienced Chelsea should look at an upgrade on John Obi Mikel who can fill this role.
Chelsea were looking at Alex Witsel and Alex Song earlier in the summer but looked to have cooled their interest.
The obvious choice is Paul Pogba but the sheer cost is a stumbling block.
And finally someone who can create and score goals because Chelsea are worryingly struggling in that area.
Someone who can play both in midfield and upfront to offer a bit of versatility.
Someone like Antoine Griezmann (who has a release clause) or Mario Gotze (who is rumoured to be available for €40 million).