It’s been a disappointing start to the campaign for Chelsea and James Taylor of Bookie Promotions has taken a look at five players who need to improve on their early season performances for the Blues.
1) Cesc Fabregas
In the first four matches of this Premier League campaign, Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has looked like a shadow of the player that racked up 18 assists last season. The ex-Barcelona man has produced a handful of below-par performances to leave some Blues fans questioning whether he should even start the club’s next match against Everton.
The stats don’t lie and the Spaniard who created an average of three chances per match last season, has managed to create just five across his first four matches of the season. It doesn’t help that the players in front of him are struggling for form, but Cesc definitely needs to start pulling the strings in the same way that he did last season to help his side rediscover the form that made them the Champions last season.
That said, his early season form during the 2014/2015 campaign was much better than his form in the second half of the season. Does this mean that Fabregas has now gone several months without being at his brilliant best? Perhaps sitting out a few games at this stage would help.
2) John Terry
Although some will argue that John Terry’s career is now at the beginning of the end, the fact remains that last season he was one of the Blues’ key performers in a convincing title win last season, so there is no excuse for the severe drop in form experienced by the club captain in the early stages of this season.
The half-time substitution that saw Terry withdrawn by Jose Mourinho at half-time in the comprehensive defeat at Manchester City was perhaps a sign that the Portuguese boss is starting to lose faith in his skipper and a sending off in the following match at West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea have bolstered their squad with a few last-ditch defensive additions in the transfer window and although the main target of John Stones was not capture, Mourinho has given himself a few different options should Terry’s shaky start to the season continue
3) Diego Costa
Diego Costa was a constant thorn in the side of every Premier League defence he faced during 2014/2015. The Brazilian-born Spanish international smashed in 19 league goals in his first season in English football, but he’s only managed the one in his opening four matches of the current campaign.
Costa was briefly linked with a move away this summer, but Mourinho chose to keep hold of his aggressive centre forward and added Manchester United flop Radamel Falcao to his ranks – although the Colombian has hardly shown the best form in his substitute appearances thus far.
In the match against Manchester City, Costa looked to be lacking in confidence and although he did manage to score at the Hawthorns in a better performance against West Brom, he needs to produce the goods in the big matches when the pressure is on.