Chelsea ended the 2018/19 football season on a relative high as current boss Maurizio Sarri began to give chances to some decent legs in the team to prove themselves which they did.
The Blues are now going into the 2019/20 season and although the managerial position at the club appears uncertain, the future of some of the players who were given chances at the tail end of the season should be certain.
The club have already seen the departure of their best player in the last decade Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in a dream move. Therefore, the club will definitely be on the lookout for a suitable replacement for the Belgian.
Meanwhile, those players that proved to be consistent and good enough for the Blues when the going got tough have to be handed prominent roles in the team so that they can improve the more.
THE LEFT BACK POSITION – EMERSON PALMIERI
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Chelsea signed Emerson Palmieri from Roma in 2018 and the Italian of Brazilian descent had been playing second fiddle to Marcos Alonso since his arrival.
However, he appeared to get the nod ahead of the Spaniard under Maurizio Sarri at the tail end of the 2018/19 season.
The Italian is decent and composed in defense in comparison to Marcos Alonso who is lethal when going forward but more of a liability in defense.
Emerson is also decent going forward but appears more balanced in his natural position than Alonso who thrived more in a wing-back position than in the natural left-back position.
Emerson Palmieri should be given more game time and made a mainstay in the Chelsea team next season. He has earned it after consistent performances in the latter stages of last season.
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK – MIDFIELD
This is one player whose name has been on the lips of a lot of Chelsea fans right from his days in the youth setup due to his potentials before a loan move to Crystal Palace and back to Chelsea.
Injuries are his bane but the England midfielder took his chance when it came last season and became one of Sarri’s favorites before the injury that saw him play no part in the Europa League final, a competition he played a major part in.
RLC has excellent ball control, very difficult to shake off the ball, has a decent passing range, and has a very keen eye for goals as he proved last season.
The player can only get better and has proved that his performances for Chelsea in the youth setup were no fluke.
Hopefully, he lands a prominent role next season and managers to stay off injuries that will limit his chances.
CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI – ATTACK
Presently, the youngster is reportedly stalling on a new contract because he wants assurances of a place in the first-team and understandably so.
It took concrete interest from Bayern Munich to enlighten Chelsea on the quality of the youngster they had in their ranks. The Blues were forced into giving him playing time to keep from the prying hands of the Bundesliga giants.
However, the summer is here, Eden Hazard is going to Real Madrid, and a transfer ban looms. Therefore, this is unarguably Callum Hudson-Odoi’s time to shine and he should be given the chance.
Only a relatively regular inclusion in the first team can motivate the youngster to come up with his best, and hopefully, Chelsea give him the chance to assure him that he’s at home.
These are three players that will play key roles for Chelsea next season going by their contributions last season. They should be made mainstays in the team regardless of if Maurizio Sarri stays or leaves.