Chelsea Still Expected To Make Squad Changes After Expensive Offseason


Chelsea are considered to be the Premier League team who’s had the best transfer window following their free-spending prior to the close. The Blues brought Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy, and Malang Sarr. They’ve since loaned Sarr out to FC Porto to gain further experience that could see him help the squad in future.

Despite all their business, Chelsea are yet to play at full strength as Ziyech hasn’t made his competitive debut due to injury, while Christian Pulisic is yet to play a full game. The transition hasn’t been an easy one either and there have been slips as the Blues have dropped five points in the top flight and were recently knocked out of the EFL Cup by London counterparts Tottenham Hotspur.

Frank Lampard’s men are still among the favourites to lift the league title as the top UK bookmakers bring you all the latest Premier League odds, with the season now well underway.

The acquisitions have seen Chelsea emerge as legitimate contenders following their fourth-place finish on the league table last season and they’re still set to compete in the Champions League and FA Cup. They aren’t expected to rest on their laurels in the market, though, and we could see some more heavy action come January.

Werner’s addition gives Lampard added options up front as the German speedster can also operate on the wing, leaving room for either Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud to start at the point of attack. We’ve seen the manager opt to keep Werner out on the left with Abraham starting in the middle of his front three and Pulisic’s return to fitness will make things even more interesting.

“It’s a good problem, I’m delighted for both strikers today,” Lampard said on the possibility of a striker dilemma after watching his Blues run riot over Barnsley in the EFL Cup back in September.

Chelsea are still thought to be considering options for defensive midfield and their back line. N’Golo Kante isn’t considered to be a defensive midfielder by the coach, who is known to be keen on getting West Ham’s Declan Rice.

Silva’s age makes him a temporary fix and the Blues’ courtship could even be considered a gamble. Kalidou Koulibaly has had Chelsea’s attention for a few years now and it would be no surprise if they were to attempt to get him next year.

As things stand, Chelsea are 14/1 to win the Premier League title this season and are 8/15 favourites to beat Southampton after the international break. Manchester City are 6/4 on that front, while current holders Liverpool are 11/8.

The Stamford Bridge outfit will kick off their Champions League campaign against Sevilla on October 20 and are 68/67 to win. Sevilla are 3/1. The Blues are current 20/1 favourites to go all the way in the competition.

As for the FA Cup, Lampard’s side is 8/1 to lift the trophy. Manchester City are the 4/1 favourites while Liverpool and Manchester United are 7/1 and 17/2 respectively.