Chelsea FC 2021 Summer Window
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The Ideal 2021 Summer Window For Chelsea

Five months ago, Chelsea FC was ninth in the Premier League table. Club legend Frank Lampard was fired after just a year and a half at the helm of the west London club. German manager Thomas Tuchel has revitalized the squad, adding a more defensive, controlling formation and only losing five times in 29 matches. Following Sunday’s drama, Chelsea finished 4th in the table, thanks in large part to Gareth Bale and Tottenham. They take on English rival Manchester City in Portugal for the Champions League final on May 29. This season will end in victory or defeat on Saturday, but this summer Chelsea needs to complete three steps if they are looking for a spectacular 2021 transfer window.

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Step 1: Finding a Striker

Timo Werner has squandered enough chances for Chelsea. Seemingly always a yard or two offside and a pension for struggling inside the six-yard box, the German forward has not inspired much confidence. Even so, Werner provides endless energy and optimism, presses well up the pitch and has good rapport with Chelsea’s attackers.

But that’s still not good enough. For a side that lacks creativity and clinical finishing in the final third, the man most suited to fill the void in the #9 hole at Chelsea has already worn the badge: Inter Milan and Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku, 28, is in his prime. He’s tallied 29 goals and 10 assists in all competitions. He is strong on the ball, clinical in the box, good aerially, and can hold up defenders when necessary. He brings leadership and a composure to a side that lacks it up front. Certainly, the likes of Erling Haaland or Harry Kane would be appreciated, but A) I don’t think Haaland is attracted to Chelsea, and B) Kane is too loyal to Tottenham to join a different London club. Ultimately, Chelsea needs to get Lukaku back and his addition is the most important in the 2021 summer window.

Step 2: Signing Declan Rice

If Sunday’s game against Aston Villa was any indication, N’Golo Kante needs to be on the pitch for Chelsea. When the Frenchman is not on the field, the squad lacks not only defensive discipline in the midfield, but also the lifeline that, if Jorginho or Kovacic loses the ball in a bad area, there is a box-to-box midfielder who will inevitably get the ball back.

This is where Declan Rice comes in. West Ham’s swiss army knife is extremely versatile but his primary home is the holding midfielder for the Hammers. He is strong on the ball, a confident passer, an anchor and a leader. And like Lukaku can provide that leadership up front, Rice will provide it for the whole squad. The 22-year-old has also already worn the badge for Chelsea, just not for the senior squad. He grew up in Cobham–Chelsea’s development academy–and a return would sure up the midfield for the next decade.

Step 3: Figuring Out What to Do with the Youngsters

This part is two-fold. Part one includes deciding what to do with academy graduates Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Abraham hasn’t seen the field much since Lampard’s firing. The latter has fallen out of the rotation, unable to cement his place at right wing back or right wing. I think Abraham is a lost cause at this point. Tuchel doesn’t rate him, and wasting away on the bench does no good. If the reports are true, send him in a cash-and-swap deal to West Ham for Declan Rice.

Now for Hudson-Odoi. He has loads of upside, and if Chelsea’s history is any indication, the club will inevitably ship him off to Germany where he’ll become a young star and sign for a different English club and torment the Blues for a decade. So keep him in England and send him on loan to a club where he gets some run.

Now onto part two: bring back one of the many Chelsea center-backs on loan, in particular, Swansea City’s Marc Guéhi. He’s just 20 years old, a physical presence and has simply been superb for the Championship side. Guéhi’s current run of form and his youth provide some much needed energy to a backline that has been constantly rotating all year.

Manchester United Has the Chance For a Dream 2021 Summer Window

Ultimately, the Blues have the money and have holes in the XI that need to be filled. The Chelsea 2021 summer window is especially important if Roman Abramovich is serious about contending for a Premier League title next year. Bring Lukaku, Rice and Guéhi back to the Bridge and find out what this team can do.

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