With Chelsea having a mammoth 41 players on loan last season, the phrase ‘like a new player’ seems to spring to mind for most of us fans.
What’s being said
While Bakayoko, Batshuayi and Zouma all enjoyed successful loan spells last season and can make impacts in Chelsea’s squad next season, Kenedy and Drinkwater aren’t the players who would ‘feel like new signings’.
With regards to Kenedy and Drinkwater, Spencer said: “If he (Drinkwater) can recreate the form which led the Foxes to the title then Chelsea will certainly have a player on their hands.”
“On his day Kenedy is an exciting player, it’s just a shame that day doesn’t arise often enough.” (Source: Football London)
Three right, Two wrong
Describing Drinkwater and Kenedy like new players is extremely hopeful from Spencer. Kenedy endured a disappointing loan spell at Newcastle United last season starting only one game in 2019 for the Geordies.
It’s clear to see that Kenedy didn’t have the quality to succeed at Newcastle, a club whom many people believe have Championship standard players.
With Danny Drinkwater, the situation is slightly more complicated. The Englishman may well have the talent, however, after spending an entire season without making a single competitive appearance, relying on him to be a ‘new signing’ would be foolish.
It could take months of competitive action to see Drinkwater get up to fitness and into the groove of top-level football, and Chelsea don’t have the time to waste next season.
Chelsea will almost certainly look to Batshuayi, Bakayoko and Zouma to hit the ground running if they are introduced into the first-team next season. However, Drinkwater and Kenedy cannot be relied on and Chelsea need to find other players to fill the holes.