After narrowly defeating Everton in their season opener, sharing the win with Antonio Conte’s Tottenham in their second match, and losing to Leeds United at Elland Road, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea has not been playing well. Despite their pricey summer signings, the blues have let up cheap goals in their games thus far, which is not promising.
In my opinion, if Chelsea is to perform better in its upcoming games, some players will need to be taken out of the starting lineup, and this article identifies four players the team should do so.
- Mason Mount:
The English player hasn’t scored or provided an assist this season, which is terrible. The blues should drop Mount from the starting lineup if they want to improve since his subpar play is negatively harming the squad.
The American player Christian Pulisic should start in place of Mount, who has played in every Chelsea game this season without improving.
- Kai Havertz:
The German international has been trying to find his form this season and should be taken out of the starting XI until he is back on track. Havertz’s impact on Chelsea’s games this season is no longer felt. Despite scoring for the blues, Havertz struggles to score crucial goals.
Despite playing a lot this season, he has failed to score or assist.
- Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling needs to also be dropped from the starting lineup. Chelsea’s scoring troubles were to be addressed by the signing of Sterling from Manchester City, but it appears the player is unable to do so. Sterling consistently wastes excellent opportunities to score and struggles to recover from dribble errors, handing the ball to his opponent.
- Marc Cucurella
The Blues should drop Marc Cucurella from their starting lineup. Cucurella was a summer addition to the club. Due to his inability to execute a solid cross, Cucurella had a poor game against Leeds. Cucurella should not start instead of Ben Chilwell since Chilwell has more experience than the former Brighton player.