FA Cup holders Chelsea are supposedly on the cusp of signing Jorginho from Napoli during the ongoing transfer window and based on this, we look into how they could lineup under incoming boss Maurizio Sarri next season.
The 3-4-3/3-5-2 formation has provided mixed results during the last two campaigns under Antonio Conte but Sarri may seek to revert to the traditional 4-3-3 setup, which has provided fruitful results during his time at Napoli.
Thibaut Courtois has been the mainstay between the sticks for the past four years and he should maintain his position, barring any contract disputes. The Belgium international presently has just 12 months left on his existing deal with the Blues.
In the backline, Cesar Azpilicueta should revert to his preferred right-back with Marcos Alonso slotting into the other side of the central defence. Andreas Christensen had a relatively standout season with the Blues last term after making his debut and the Dane should be a strong candidate to start alongside Antonio Rudiger in central defence, though the latter could be replaced by recruit of Sarri’s choice.
Onto the midfield, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante would automatically slot into the central midfield positions with the latter playing in a more defensive role and we are fancying Cesc Fabregas to start just ahead of them with his ability to make intrinsic passes to the frontmen.
Further forward, Eden Hazard and Willian should maintain their left and right wing spots for the campaign but the future of the latter remains under question. Willian has had concerns with Antonio Conte in the past but the arrival of the new head coach may tempt him to stay.
Upfront, the fight could be between Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata and we are fancying the latter to start with a strong pre-season under his belt. Morata was criticised for his inability to finish clear-cut chances last term but could transform into a more influential player, having experienced a full season in the Premier League.