Two games in and we’re yet to see that tactical inventiveness promised by Italy’s performances under Antonio Conte being replicated at Stamford Bridge. Logically, it’s very much early days for ‘Project Conte’, meanwhile the most important thing for Chelsea was always to get their season underway on the right foot, which was managed with two victories in two.
The new Blues boss will know the squad’s limitations after the experiments of pre-season, suggesting in hindsight that he’s right, if his plans are to truly shake up Chelsea tactically, to introduce his ideas gradually. Just the two signings so far this summer won’t have helped the transition either, but that could all change in the final days of the transfer window. Here are three moves Chelsea should look to make:
1 – Ricardo Rodriguez
Position: Left Back
The plea for the arrival of a new left back has been among those heard the loudest at Stamford Bridge, with the involvement of Branislav Ivanović proving to be central to demands.
After last season’s dip in form, questions regarding the Serbian’s suitability to a full back role have circulated, with Chelsea fans hoping César Azpilicueta’s days as a left back are also over in order for him to revert back to Ivanović’s current position.
With Baba Rahman being loaned out to Schalke 04, the Blues have no other alternative for the left side of defence, excluding young Ola Aina, who has played there sporadically at youth level.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in Ricardo Rodriguez, whereas claims also suggest the Wolfsburg full back holds a mutual interest in a move to west London.
With rumours of a fee circulating the £22 million mark, Rodriguez’s addition would see Chelsea bolster their defence, meanwhile also signing a player technically adept to playing the wing back role in Conte’s infamous 3-5-2 system – all for a reasonable price in today’s market.