Chelsea could axe nine players as a part of a squad firesale, with the team struggling for form within the under Graham Potter. The Blues suffered the ignominy of losing 2-1 to west London rivals Fulham within the Premier League on Thursday night after winning just one among their previous seven top-flight matches before that. But owner Todd Boehly will reportedly back his manager by sticking by him and eliminating the team’s underperforming players as an alternative.
In keeping with The Telegraph, expensive signings Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz are facing uncertain futures at Stamford Bridge, while Jorginho could possibly be allowed to exit the club when his contract expires at the top of the season. And any offers for captain Cesar Azpilicueta could also be considered.
Chelsea might also move Kalidou Koulibaly on just months after shelling out £33million and handing the player a four-year contract to prise him away from Napoli. And the Blues are unlikely to face in the best way of fellow summer signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he wants to depart.
But those seven aren’t the one players in peril of seeing their Chelsea careers coming to an end as goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, defender Trevoh Chalobah and midfielder Conor Gallagher is also in line for the chop.
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Mendy was signed by Frank Lampard in 2020 and enjoyed a sensational begin to his Blues profession as he immediately displaced Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks and kept clean sheet after clean sheet. However the Senegal international conceded nine goals in Chelsea’s first six Premier League matches of this campaign and was dropped by ex-boss Thomas Tuchel for his final game on the helm because the Blues lost to Dinamo Zagreb within the Champions League. Potter has kept faith with Kepa, which implies Mendy’s time in west London could possibly be coming to a premature end.
Chalobah, meanwhile, broke into the Chelsea team last season and commenced 17 Premier League games because the Blues impressed under Tuchel. And he was tipped to have a shiny future at Stamford Bridge. But with Chelsea’s embarrassment of riches on the back, the 23-year-old has been out and in of the team this season, with the Blues hardly excelling with him within the backline. And Potter could resolve the player is now surplus to requirements.
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One other man who has found his opportunities limited under Potter is Gallagher. The 22-year-old starred for Crystal Palace within the Premier League last season and went to the World Cup with England last yr. But he’s only began seven top-flight matches for the Blues this time around. And Potter may feel he is best off cashing in on the ace and putting the cash to higher use elsewhere, on a more technically-suited midfield option.
Potter is definitely a person under pressure, but his sacking hasn’t even been discussed ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday. And Boehly could allow the ex-Brighton boss to rebuild his squad ahead of next season within the hope that he can turn the team’s fortunes around once and for all.