Central midfield was an interesting proposition for Chelsea last season as they won the title. The Matic-Kante partnership was Antonio Conte’s favourite, to the extent that Cesc Fabregas was linked with moves away from the club at times. But as the season wore on Fabregas got more and more playing time. The final lineup of players who started or came on regularly was as follows:
This summer, the departure of Chalobah has left one gap, with Nemanja Matic now apparently also on the way out.
Even if Tiemoue Bakayoko arrives as expected, that will leave a roster that looks as follows:
The fourth slot, occupied by Chalobah last season, is the perfect space for a young player. Nat didn’t play a huge amount last season, hence his departure, but this season the Champions League will add a minimum of 6 games to the Blues season.
This could be Lewis Baker’s chance to have a season at Stamford Bridge, hopefully with enough game time for him to develop.