4-2-3-1: A potential Chelsea XI with Morata and Kanté – big departure inevitable?

Let’s not pretend that it would be easy to fit Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata into the same side. While Morata is a clever and two-footed player who could probably do a job in the hole, he doesn’t have the pace or engine to effectively play as a winger and typically starts up top.

So unless new Blues boss Antonio Conte is planning to play a 4-4-2 next season then we wonder whether Diego’s departure is inevitable. Lest we forget, Costa had a torrid season with the Chelsea faithful, some of whom blamed him for Jose Mourinho’s ultimate sacking.

Alvaro Morata has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, with some reports suggesting this week that Conte is trying to make the move happen.

While he hasn’t been a prolific goalscorer for either Real Madrid or Juventus, he is still young and does tend to score important goals in big games.

Another player who has been through the Chelsea rumour mills of late is Leicester’s N’Golo Kanté. The tireless French international has come on in leaps and bounds this season and his performances led Leicester’s head of recruitment, Steve Walsh, to comment:

“No matter who we are playing, we play 3 in midfield.

Drinkwater in the middle & Kante either side.”

With these two in the side Chelsea would have a younger and more solid look about their spine. Nemamja Matic has been out of sorts and his future is the subject of speculation too. One way or another, a big departure this summer may be inevitable.

Another main piece of Chelsea business will be to hold on to their best players such as Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and Willian. Providing they do that they should look pretty tasty again come August.

So based, on no major departures other than Costa, here is how Chelsea could line up come August. And wouldn’t it be something if Conte were able to persuade his old charge Paul Pogba to join him in The Premier League?

Blues fans – would this team be more complete and dynamic than the one which played so meekly at times last season?

Chelsea Mor

1 Comment

  1. There is so much supposition in your article that it’s hard to know where to start. I can’t agree with much other than that Chelsea need to hold on to what is a very talented squad. I think Conte may well play to his strengths and start out with a 3-5-2 formation.
    I think that the 4-2-3-1 has had it’s day. It’s often the case that a world cup or Euro competition in the summer influences playing styles and I expect to see more teams playing 4-3-3 & 4-4-2 more than 4-2-3-1.

    On the idea that Conte will play a 3-1 attack, he’s hardly ever done this having consistently plumed for two up top. I actually think that Morata and Costa could form a partnership but by reversing the roles you have given the players. Diego Costa is very good as a deep playing striker, holding up play which means that Morata could play his natural game. That is if Chelsea can work through what will be a complicated transfer with Real in the mix.

    Pogba would of course be fantastic but I wouldn’t go selling Matic to a direct competitor like Manure unless Pogba (unlikely) was on board. Matic is exactly the type of player Conte has in the past liked and included in his formations. He has 2 defensive midfielders, 2 box-to-box/ workhorses/enforcers and one creative player like Pirlo who is free roaming and protected so he can express himself. Cesc is an obvious choice for this role but it would be interesting if we were to see Oscar tried out in this role too.

    What you haven’t really mentioned at all is the defence which is the biggest worry. Even more so now that Antonio Rudiger has been ruled out of Euro 2016 after damaging his cruciate ligament in training for Germany and Zouma won’t be back much before Christmas. That leaves the club with Cahill, Ivan and JT. JT isn’t going to be the first name on the teamsheet anymore anyway but any of those three against speed will be a disaster.

    We need to buy two world class CB’s asap

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