Chelsea FC 2019/2020 season was a beginning of a new era under new head coach Frank Lampard, who is a club legend and respected among the staff and hierarchy of the club. Chelsea managed to finish 4th and were FA Cup finalists to a defeat against London rivals Arsenal. Upsetting to lose an FA Cup final, fans would still agree that this was a successful season under Lampard with the club facing a transfer ban so Lampard had to work with the squad and added youth players from the clubs successful academy. Securing the top four was important for the club to qualify for UEFA Champions League football and lucrative revenue.
To be quite frank, my expectations for Chelsea 2020/2021 were high. Chelsea spent £220 million pounds on key signings, the addition of quality players like Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and veteran Thiago Silva was a transfer window that every Chelsea fan was excited about. This was a big statement from the club to back head coach Frank Lampard and challenge for the Premier League title. My only issue was whether the players would adapt to high pace and physical league, what way would Frank set up his side and did we have the mentality to challenge champions Liverpool and rivals Manchester City. I was expecting Chelsea to challenge for the title and go far in the UEFA Champions League.
How have signings performed
Ones to watch in the second half of the season
So far Chelsea are struggling currently sitting 9th in the league with 1 win in 5 league games. Many would blame Frank Lampard but the truth is Chelsea players form has dropped. A player who has not been given as many starts as he would like is Callum Hudson- Odoi, every time he has been called upon he has shown quality. I am a big fan of CHO and believe he will play an important part to the second half of the season. Christian Pulisc not being consistent enough with goals or assists may see Callum replace him and solidify his role in the Chelsea side.