The long wait for Premier League action to return to our Saturday afternoons is almost over. There is just a few weeks for teams to get their pre-seasons out of the way and also bolster their squads with summer signings.
Over the next couple of weeks we will take a look at all Premier League teams and assess who is going to hit the ground running and who looks like they could be in for a tough season. Appropriately, we start with last season’s champions Chelsea.
Chelsea have been fairly inactive in the transfer market so far, at least on the side of bringing players in. See the full list of Chelsea’s confirmed ins and outs so far;
Antonio Rudiger (Roma)
Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)
Christian Atsu (Newcastle United)
Asmir Begovic (AFC Bournemouth)
Dominic Solanke (Liverpool)
Alex Kiwomya (Doncaster Rovers)
Bertrand Traore (Olympique Lyonnais)
Nathan Ake (AFC Bournemouth)
Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) Loan
Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield) Loan
Todd Kane (Groningen) Loan
Charlie Colkett (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Ola Aina (Hull) Loan
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) Loan
Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford)
Romelu Lukaku was a major transfer target for Antonio Conte this summer, but Manchester United have managed to steal the transfer away from Chelsea by getting the Belgian’s signature. Conte’s desire to bring in a new striker has added fuel to rumours surrounding Diego Costa’s departure from Stamford Bridge.
With Nemanja Matic also heavily linked with a move away from the club, Chelsea will have to bring in a decent amount of new talent to cope with the pressures of the Premier League alongside European football. Last season, they had the luxury of just focussing on domestic campaigns. Conte will have to look to increase the depth of the squad as opposed to having eleven key players to start the majority of games.
As things stand, it looks like Chelsea may struggle to replicate the form that they showed last season – however, there is still plenty of time in the transfer market to fill the gaps in the squad.