Last season brought the Sophomore curse for the England worldwide who, after a stunning breakout campaign, suffered a rapid decline in his scoring rate. Notoriously distrustful of inexperienced players, Mourinho will be encouraged by the improvements made by the Belgian since giving him the boot at Chelsea.
“There’s responsibility on Bakayoko not just to bring the talents that he has – and he has many – but also the discipline to fit into the system”.
Compounding the recruitment problem has been the deluge of departures.
Since moving to Stamford Bridge Willian has become an important part of the squad and has made a total of 182 appearances where he scored 31 goals and provided 27 assists across all competitions.
In fact, only 16 players now at Chelsea have started a Premier League match in their careers – the joint-lowest total of any Blues squad at the beginning of a season in the Roman Abramovich era.
Premier League football is back on Friday, when Arsenal take on Leicester City to open the 2017-18 season. The context, however, was very different.
Belgian striker Lukaku turned down the chance to return to Chelsea in the off-season as he joined United in a deal worth £75million.
Teams try to get as many points as they can throughout the season by winning as many matches as they can.
Factoring in every year since Abramovich’s arrival in 2003, the figure averages out at 20.9, marking out this season’s squad as a significant anomaly.
While some fear the spending is unsustainable and will put clubs’ long-term stability at risk, the 25th year of the Premier League era should deliver a title race more fiercely contested than ever.
Bookmakers have seen plenty of support for Lukaku in the Premier League top scorer market and he is now as short as 4-1 with many companies, but last year’s victor Harry Kane remains the favorite at around the 3-1 mark. Despite this, Burnley is home to the most affordable property price in the league at just £77,525. My idea was to give Bakayoko the right time to adapt in this league behind Matic.
Apparently we signed Matic to free Pogba. Mourinho is a coach who likes more the ball practice, works the ball possession and makes short games.
It leaves Chelsea needing a new midfielder as well as reinforcements at wing back in the final days of the transfer window.
I am fairly optimistic and the main reason for that is Antonio Conte.