Three players that Chelsea should sell this summer

Antonio Conte will almost certainly leave Chelsea this summer. While victory in Saturday’s FA Cup Final might see his tenure at Stamford Bridge end on a positive note, it would not change the fact that this has been a very poor season.

When Conte arrived in 2016, his energetic style of management not only galvanized Chelsea, but was a breath of fresh air to English football, culminating in a magnificent title victory.

Since then though, the Italian has cut an uncharacteristically forlorn figure on the sidelines and in many ways, his team has reflected that. Chelsea are reportedly looking at many names to take over, according to www.stakers.com.

While the managerial position is a no-brainer, the players have also not covered themselves in glory. The Blues made a mess of last summer’s transfer window and must atone for their errors: that starts by letting underperformers leave. But who? Here’s three players we think might be better off seeking pastures new.

Alvaro Morata

The Spaniard has failed to justify the £58m fee Chelsea shelled out to sign him from Real Madrid last summer and The Blues must count their losses. After stating his Chelsea career positively with eight goals in his first nine appearances including a hat-trick in the 4-0 at Stoke, his 2018 performances have been hugely disappointing with only 3 goals in 2018.

The strikers who have previously inspired the Londoners to titles, Didier Drogba and Diego Costa, have had two things: the power to bully back-lines, the mental strength to drag their team out of difficult situations. Morata has neither of those things, so he must rely on consistent finishing: only six Premier League goals from inside the penalty area isn’t ideal, then.

Kurt Zouma

The 23-year-old was once highly regarded by the club, but a knee injury in February 2016 has disrupted his development. He was loaned out to Stoke City last summer to get regular playing time and regain confidence, but suffered relegation with the Potters, as some questioned whether he has the composure in possession required for the elite level.

A positional rival at Chelsea, Antonio Rudiger, always looks at home carrying the ball into the opposing half. If Zouma comes back, he will be third or fourth choice and Chelsea will still command £25m from potential suitors.

Pedro

The former Barcelona wide man is on a steady decline and has been rumoured to be interested in a move away from Stamford Bridge. Chelsea need younger, more direct players to inflict fear into opposition defenders and right now, there are attacking players who have the confidence to beat their opponents for pace than Pedro does. The Spain international has enjoyed a fantastic career in Europe but might be better off seeing out his career elsewhere.