The footballing world is a funny place: top of the food chain one week, bottom of the pack the next.
Antonio Conte has experienced something similar with the Hammer going from the pinnacle of winning the league, to already being made a contender for the first gaffer out the ‘revolving managerial’ door this season:
“I’ll be surprised if he’s still at Chelsea in a year.” — Jamie Carragher
However, problems mounting at Chelsea – particularly with the manager – are once again around the recruitment policy, rather than all the media predators hunting Conte for footballing reasons.
The fiasco surrounding Diego Costa is one that only the Chelsea boardroom will understand, and the sale of Nemanja Matić to rivals Manchester United seems to be one that has infuriated the Blues gaffer.
Antonio Conte suggests Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United against Italian’s wishes https://t.co/14ckaYoKG8
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) August 9, 2017
However, what really raises the question is why Conte has not done more to retain the services/loaned out the likes of: Kurt Zouma, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Ake, and you could even throw in Juan Cuadrado in there for good measure.
The transfer policy has been somewhat baffling, and one that’s completely depleted a squad, who should be aiming to compete for four trophies next season.
On top of that, news coming out of Cobham is that Chelsea are now going after Arsenal’s, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, for £25million?! 25-million?! It makes little sense for a player that has consistently failed to convince his doubters baring *that* one game in the Champions League against AC Milan.
Conte is willing to let go of a whole host of players who would add depth and strength to his squad, and then cash-in on a player who has done little to prove his weight in salt in the Premier League.
The Englishman’s contract has one-year remaining on it meaning Arsenal’s hand could be forced with the 23-year-old, and with Arsene Wenger’s previous escapades of selling to rivals, don’t be all that surprised to see the Ox in Blue next season.