Chelsea have enjoyed all kinds of success since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, however they are a work in progress this season.
Qualification for this season’s Champions League was a big step forward for the club but a two-window transfer ban plus losing their best player in Eden Hazard to Real Madrid left a flat feeling around Stamford Bridge during the summer.
The hiring of club legend Frank Lampard as manager has lifted the mood but he’s made an inconsistent start.
Chelsea have only won one of their four Premier League matches so far this season and have also succumbed to a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United.
They’ve drawn twice – at home to Leicester and Sheffield United, with the latter fixture seeing them let a 2-0 lead slip.
To Lampard’s credit, he’s given academy players a chance to shine and the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have repaid the faith he’s shown in him by bagging two and four goals respectively this season.
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Lampard has a talented group of players at his disposal and if they’re nurtured correctly then they could become a real force as a team in the future.
That got us imagining how Chelsea could look in five years’ time so we’ve had a go at guessing a future line-up. Check it out…
Interestingly, you could see many members of the current Chelsea team still at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend of the 2024/25 season.
They forked out over £71million for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018 – a world-record fee for a keeper – and still at only 24 years old, there are high hopes for him to play for a number of years.
However, it seems unlikely Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso will be at the club in five years as they’ll be aged 35 and 33 respectively.
This could give the likes of Reece James, 19, the chance to make a name for himself in the first-team.
He had a successful spell on loan at Wigan last season playing as a midfielder but his usual position is right-back and is now back in training after sustaining an ankle ligament injury in the summer. James may even get the odd run-out later this season.
Kurt Zouma has struggled in 2019/20 and this could clear the path for Andreas Christensen in five years and given he’ll be 28 then, he’s likely to be entering the best years of his career. Denmark international Christensen has been on Chelsea’s books since he was 15 years old.
Left-back is a place where Chelsea will have to adjust though but one player they’ve been linked with is Valencia’s Jose Gaya, 24.
It is understood he could be the Blues’ first signing after their transfer ban ends in the summer of 2020 and Gaya would be likely to sign a five-year contract.
There could be big changes in midfield though.
They’ll probably have to find an N’Golo Kante replacement as he’ll either be too old to play for Chelsea regularly in five years’ time or if he may have moved on beforehand.
Chelsea have been linked with Brazilian wonderkid Bruno Guimaraes recently and they could be tempted into making an approach for Declan Rice, a player they let go as a youngster, if he continues to play well for West Ham and England.
Rice also has a good friendship with Mason Mount, and could be persuaded into having another crack at Stamford Bridge in the future.
There are clearly high hopes for 20-year-old Mount though as well as the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic.
Meanwhile, Callum Hudson-Odoi should be a regular when he recovers from his Achilles injury and given he’s reportedly on the verge of signing a new contract he’s surely part of Chelsea’s plans in the long-term.
There’s huge responsibility for the lone role up front and although Tammy Abraham is in good form, it remains to be seen whether he’ll be good enough for that responsibility in the future.
However, as there’s currently no hint of Chelsea making a move for another striker, Abraham has been given the nod from us.
However, there are other players including Fikayo Tomori and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who will hope to be a part of the Chelsea squad in the future.
Tomori, 21, started Chelsea’s last game against Sheffield United and will be looking to make the most of every opportunity he gets and will feel Christensen has yet to fully establish himself as a first-team regular.
Hudson-Odoi’s situation must be addressed too. While it looks like he’ll sign a new deal, Hudson-Odoi is down to leave the club next summer until he actually puts pen to paper.
If he goes, then that could see a reshuffle in formation with Mount shifted out wide, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek will play down the middle of the attacking midfield three.
Loftus-Cheek is currently recovering from an Achilles injury sustained in May but will be hoping to get more minutes under his belt this season and beyond.
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