I think it’s fair to say Chelsea’s transfer window has been reasonably quiet so far, with two new additions to the first team squad. However, there’s still time for Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia to bring in players with the window shutting on the 9th of August. The two new additions consist of an ex-England International goalkeeper Rob Green and Brazilian born Jorginho who joined Chelsea following his manager at Napoli, Maurizio Sarri making the switch to Stamford Bridge.
What Does Rob Green Bring?
When Chelsea announced the signing of 38-year-old ex-QPR goalkeeper Rob Green on a one-year contract, it didn’t exactly fill Chelsea fans with pure joy and excitement, with some Twitter users making light-hearted jokes that he will replace Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois. However, fans are failing to see the bigger picture, in the Premier League it’s a regulation to have a certain amount of English players in your first team squad; guess what Chelsea fans, Rob Green is English born meaning he is therefore home-grown which allows Chelsea to sign more foreign players.
It’s highly unlikely we’ll see Rob Green feature for Chelsea’s first team on a regular occasion if ever, with the blues making it very clear he’ll be behind Courtois and Caballero in the pecking order on their official Instagram. But I guess you never know!
Where do I start? Jorginho signed for a reported 57 million pounds from Napoli. Most people who aren’t that aware of Sarri’s philosophy won’t know how vital this signing was for Chelsea, the style of play in embedded into him, and fits his game style to a tee. He will quicken the process of change in the way Chelsea play, giving players tips, helping them understand what Maurizio is demanding.
It’s a very unusual case of a new signing showing player’s who have been at the club for years how they need to play at their club, and it will be them trying to fit in and not him. This has been made very clear in pre-season, with the ex-Napoli star ordering the players around and almost being general like. His passing ability is very hard to compete with whether he’s under pressure or in space, he always finds his man, incredible to watch; this will add the composure Sarri is looking for to the team.
What does Chelsea need?
With only 6 days remaining of this summer’s PL transfer window, Chelsea are on short time if they’re planning on making additions. The blues were heavily linked with then Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, who recently completed a move to AC Milan. In my opinion this would have been a good signing with the Argentinian enduring his career’s best form under Chelsea manger Maurizio Sarri when the pair worked together at Napoli; Higuain is another player who suits Sarri’s 4-3-3 system and tactics. With Alvaro Morata not exactly impressing this pre-season and after last season, he has a lot to prove; however I’ll be happy if Chelsea gave the Spaniard another chance, its just risky to rely on him without world class options. If the worst comes and Alvaro just isn’t performing there’s always Michy.
I do personally believe Chelsea mainly need to focus on signing a striker before the window slams shut, but it’s looking increasingly unlikely with every day passing and nothing happening of late. But I guess we’ll see!