After a summer of busy activity, Chelsea look to be finalising some outgoings to cut their squad.
Five major incomings have excited fans at Stamford Bridge however, the time has come for Frank Lampard to decrease his squad size ahead of the new campaign.
Ethan Ampadu confirmed his season-long loan move to Sheffield United following an underwhelming spell with RB Leipzig last season.
The Wales international joins Chris Wilder’s squad and will look to earn more than the three league appearances he earned on loan at the German side in 2019/20. A player who Chelsea hugely believe in, the opportunity to join a fellow Premier League club with a highly-rated manager was considered an opportunity which Ampadu had to take.
Ampadu leaving the club could pave the way for Declan Rice, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea for most of the summer. Rice is similar stylistically to Ampadu with his ability to play in multiple defensive positions.
Meanwhile, striker Michy Batshuayi appears to be edging closer to a loan to Crystal Palace. The Belgian international is likely to sign a contract extension at Stamford Bridge prior to a move to Selhurst Park.
Batshuayi only managed one goal and assist during the 2019/20 Premier League season and also did not play a single minute post-lockdown. He did, however, score five goals in 11 appearances during a previous loan spell at the South London club.
He’ll be looking to revitalise himself ahead of a likely sale from Chelsea next summer. Marina Granovskaia will aim to recoup the £35m fee Chelsea paid Marseille for Batshuayi in 2016.
Fikayo Tomori has been linked with a move to Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton following the arrival of Thiago Silva into Frank Lampard’s squad.
After a promising start to his Chelsea career, Tomori’s season stagnated after the turn of the New Year. He is another not to have featured post-lockdown, although Lampard considers him a key player in the future.
Fifteen appearances in the league was a good debut year for Tomori however. Premier League experience under a manager of Ancelotti’s stature could help elevate his game further.
Lampard’s decision to allow Tomori to depart ahead of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen is a baffling one, considering the underperformance of those two players in the second half of last season.
Other Premier League clubs will look to benefit from the qualities that loanees will provide. It is likely that more players will be allowed to leave the club upon Chelsea’s spending spree.
Young players, in particular, should be granted the opportunity of first-team football in the aim of breaking into Lampard’s stellar squad. Conor Gallagher, in particular, is one to watch with plenty of clubs interested after an impressive season in the Championship.