Date: 8th August 2017 at 9:00pm
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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has encouraged the club’s four summer signings to hit the ground running this season.

Manager Antonio Conte is reportedly keen to strengthen a squad short on numbers and speaking about the club’s lack of depth, Cahill believes the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Willy Caballero and record signing Alvaro Morata will be hugely important in the coming weeks and months. He is quoted by Sky Sports as saying:

“Obviously the new players that have just come, they’re going to be vitally important for us and the quicker they settle, the better, but there’s no doubt we’ve added quality to the team.”

Bakayoko is currently out with a knee injury while Morata remains short of match fitness after not taking a full part in pre-season. Considering the added games in the Champions League next season, Cahill is hoping that the playing squad can rise to the challenge:

“They [the players] are going to be tested 100 per cent. We’ll see how that plays out, but we just have to keep everybody fit, keep everybody sharp. Rest is going to be important because we’re going to have a lot of games.”

Blues boss Conte is reportedly keen to add at least five names to the squad before August 31st. A central midfielder, a right wing back, a left wing back, a winger and a back up striker are all positions the club are looking to strengthen.