Chelsea failed to inspire confidence in 2017/18, finishing fifth in the table – five points outside the top four. Antonio Conte’s future is still up in the air but most Blues fans are expecting Roman Abramovich to appoint a new manager this summer.
Whether Chelsea keep the Italian at the helm or not, the Blues will probably make a marquee signing and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski could be their top target.
According to WhoScored, Lewandowski scored 41 goals in 48 competitive games for Bayern last season and Chelsea will need to pay through the roof to sign the Poland man this summer. The Bavarians have won the Bundesliga title in each of the last six years and Lewandowski might be ready to take on a new challenge; Chelsea may need to spend over £100 million to convince Bayern to sell.
At this moment in time, Lewandowski is arguably the best number nine on the planet though and new Munich boss Niko Kovac will want to keep the Poland international at the club. Are Chelsea a world-class striker away from the Premier League title? Realistically, no. The Blues need more than one player to overhaul the 30-point deficit to Manchester City at the top of the table.
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To put their efforts last season into perspective, Chelsea were closer to 14th placed Watford than they were to 1st
placed City – the west London outfit need at least two or three big personalities to reduce the gap. Chelsea’s primary objective next season? Settle on a manager and finish in the top four.
Lewandowski could be the man to take the Blues back to Europe’s elite club competition.
The Poland man has won every major honour available in Germany’s top flight and he might be looking for a new challenge. A positive performance at the World Cup will see his stock rise further, and that can only be good for Bayern Munich. Would the Bavarians turn down a £100 million bid? It would be hard to turn down that kind of figure, considering he will be 30 years old in August.
As of June 5th, the German champions are 2/5 to retain the title in early Bundesliga but losing Lewandowski could prove fatal to their aspirations. Unless Bayern have a competent replacement lined up, Chelseamay find it difficult to prise the Polish star away from the Allianz Arena. Kovac cannot afford to turn fans against him during the initial stages of his Bayern tenure.
2017/18 was a season to forget for Chelsea – a significant improvement is needed ahead of the upcoming campaign. Robert Lewandowski would certainly give Chelsea a lift but there are more pressing matters at Stamford Bridge. Appointing a new manager has to be the top priority; as is keeping Eden Hazard at the club.
Chelsea are now some way behind the rest of their top-flight rivals in the pursuit of Premier League glory and this isn’t going to be a short-term fix. The Blues have enough quality to finish in the Champions League spots but there has to be a drastic shift in mindset at Stamford Bridge.