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Busy Few Weeks In Store For Chelsea As Quality Players Must Be Signed After Burnley Debacle – Virgil Van Dijk And Danny Drinkwater Come To Mind

Nobody saw that result coming and the look of Conte’s face at the final whistle was one of shell shock to say the least. We were well beaten and it shows how many holes that we need to fix in the next three weeks of the transfer window.

It is clear to all involved that the Blues were operating with a threadbare squad last season, despite our title success. The very fact that we only played one game a week meant that we were able to ensure that the players were fresh throughout the campaign.

Conte highlighted at the end of the season that the need to strengthen the squad, especially with the Champions League on the horizon too. Yesterday’s bench said you all you needed to know about the depth of our squad and why Roman needs to bring his millions out.

I’m sure it is not for the want of trying, as Roman always delivers for his managers. Lukaku was the perfect example of this and the Belgium striker is not the only one to slip the net for Conte. For some reason players are choosing to go elsewhere, probably due to their agents rather than the player himself; however, it is frustrating that we haven’t gone into the new season with new signings already bedded in. Mourinho took a swipe at us in midweek by suggesting he is incredibly happy with the way his owners have conducted their transfer business and getting them in ahead of the new season. You have to say he had a point, despite it being annoying to hear.

Virgil van Dijk

Will Chelsea move for Virgil van Dijk to add more defensive depth or will they add other high profile defensive transfer signings? The one thing the Blues won’t want is Man United moving in and signing van Dijk from under their noses but this seems unlikely given United’s plethora of centre-backs. Chelsea have been linked heavily with Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater but the Blues reportedly only bid £15miilion for him which is a bit of a joke in these financial times. The rest of August will be most revealing for Blues fans as Mr Abramovich might well break out his chequebook as he has so many times in the past.

The bottom line is yesterday’s result will be the kick up the backside the club needs and it will certainly see Roman open up the transfer coffers. With every action there is always a reaction by our owner and with the boos ringing round Stamford Bridge at the final whistle, I expect money will be thrown in to fix the problem. Panic buys maybe, but our squad is desperately short of numbers.

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