Chelsea are still firmly at the top of the Premier League standings , thanks to a 1-0 win at Brentford headquarters, Saturday (16/10/2021). An additional three points make the Blues in first position with 19 points.
With a sweet start, the team from London has a great chance of winning the Premier League title this season. Moreover, Chelsea is a team that contains classy players and is even called one of the best teams in the world.
With coach Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea won the Champions League title last season. With an abundant squad and above average quality, it is easier for Chelsea to navigate the competition with a slick achievement.
Even so, Chelsea have the potential to lose some of their potential players in the next winter transfer window. Although many have classy players, in fact some of them have minimal playing time.
That’s what could be the reason some players could pull out of Stamford Bridge. There are at least five players who have a chance to end their contract with Chelsea . Here’s the list, summarized by Sportskeeda :
1. Malang Sarr
Chelsea invest in Malang Sarr, the future French player. He joined Chelsea from Nice for free last summer and is expected to become the strongest centre-back.
Unfortunately, Sarr was loaned out to Porto last season and lacked opportunities when he returned to Chelsea.
This season too, Malang Sarr only made one appearance for Chelsea in the English League Cup. Seeing the uncertain situation, the French national team player needs to find a club in January.
2. Ross Barkley
Chelsea brought in Ross Barkley with tough negotiations from Everton in the 2018 season. Until a £15 million agreement was reached for him to be willing to move to Chelsea.
However, he has not developed as many would expect and it is difficult to find the best form at Chelsea.
Barkley played at Aston Villa on loan last season, and has made a comeback. Again Barkley failed to shine on his return to Chelsea and has only appeared in three games so far.
3. Hakim Ziyech
This Moroccan national team player was actually a key Chelsea player when he was brought in from Ajax. Even Chelsea had to spend up to IDR 695 billion.
His creativity and technical quality are seen as a plus in the Chelsea game. In general, Ziyech’s performances are quite good at Chelsea at the Blues, although less consistent.
Ziyech contributed to the Champions League title last season for Chelsea, but was widely rumored to be leaving. AC Milan has recently been keen to target the left-footed player.
4. Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek once won the title as Chelsea’s future player. Although he needed a hard struggle to prove himself.
His talent is unquestionable as a midfielder with physical strength and speed. But he was hit by a serious injury and hampered his development.
Slowly he also struggled to compete because of the many midfielders who appeared consistent. If Loftus-Cheek leaves, many clubs are ready to accommodate him.
5. Callum Hudson-Odoi
Like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi is a product of the Chelsea academy who is predicted to have a bright future.
Speed and agility are the most prominent abilities possessed by Hudson-Odoi. But it seems that Thomas Tuchel did not put him in the Chelsea game scheme.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have shown serious interest in hosting the England winger. Likewise Borussia Dortmund put him as a replacement for Jadon Sancho.