Wha better time to talk transfers than in the wake of yet another dramatic victory? Chelsea beat Watford 2-1 thanks to a frankly inspired performance by late substitute Cesc Fabegas, but since this is August we know what the important parts of Antonio Conte’s pressers are. Are new players coming in? When? Who?
Obviously there won’t be any real answers until our putative transfers actually happen (or the deadline passes without any moves), but it’s nice to be reassured that the club is actively working to reinforce the back line. Here’s Conte:
Conte: "If you look now at our squad, you can see we have 5 defenders. Aina, of the academy, has potential. We're talking to improve squad."— Dan Levene (@danlevene) August 20, 2016
Five defenders in a senior squad (which I think counts the still-injured Kurt Zouma) is an unhappy number of defenders That will have to change or we’ll end up with Nemanja Matic playing centre half or something stupid. But from the sound of things, we shouldn’t expect any moves in the immediate future:
Conte: 'The club and me are talking every day to improve this squad. It's very difficult in this market. It's very crazy.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 20, 2016
With Romelu Lukaku now officially staying with Everton, perhaps Chelsea have a little more money to spend on a defender. Because like or not, we’re in a crazy market with a very real need, and we’re going to have to pay.