When trying to imagine what this Chelsea team would look like under Mauricio Pochettino, it’s clear what it would be missing.
It would have the energy, in Kante, Alonso, Moses and Willian. Chelsea have ball playing centre-backs too.
It would have the attacking full backs, and Eden Hazard could be the creative force.
But it wouldn’t have a Harry Kane. Both of Chelsea’s front men at the moment are different types. Kane in many ways plays as both – a target man like Olivier Giroud and a link-up player more like Alvaro Morata.
There’s little chance that Pochettino would come to Stamford Bridge, but if he did that would be a player at the top of his shopping list. Not that good strikers come cheap. With Chelsea not in the Champions League, it would have to be a knock-off option. Mauro Icardi and equivalent players want to take the next step. Can they really do that in the Europa League?