Since ending their season on a high by winning the Europa League, things have been slowly going down for Chelsea.
The future at Chelsea looks bleak at the moment. They’ve lost their best player, their manager, and have an ongoing transfer ban to deal with.
While the fans are hoping for the club to get back on track as soon as possible, watching Ross Barkley as the face of Chelsea in a promotional poster released by Sky Sports isn’t really helping their cause.
Barkley had an ordinary season with 5 goals and 6 assists in 48 appearances with Chelsea last season and is nowhere near to be the ‘face of the club’ yet.
While fan favourite N’Golo Kante or new signing Christian Pulisic would’ve been better received by fans there are far bigger problems for both fans and the Chelsea management to worry about.
There’s no doubt about the impact of a player like Eden Hazard leaving, but it is the departure of manager Maurizio Sarri that further escalates their problems.
Sarri didn’t exactly win over the Chelsea fanbase particularly with the decision to play N’Golo Kante out of position favoring his marquee signing Jorginho throughout the season.
His rapport with the players too was under constant scrutiny (for instance the horrific “misunderstanding” with Kepa in the EFL Cup final) which is why he left immediately when Juventus came knocking.
But guess what, this isn’t the end of their problems. They have a transfer ban till the summer of 2020 imposed by FIFA and youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are likely to miss the early part of the next season.
Only time will tell us what transpires at Chelsea but the next few months are definitely going to be critical for them.
Check out the Sky Sports graphic for next season feat. Ross Barkley below –