Havertz, Thiago Silva, Werner, Ziyech: How will Chelsea line up for 2020/21 season?

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Chelsea mean serious business in this summer's transfer window.

It was thought that the economic shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic would drive down transfer activity this summer, but clearly the team at Stamford Bridge didn't get the memo.

Either that or they've been saving up their coppers after last season's transfer ban meant that Frank Lampard had to enter his debut campaign with no new players to rely upon.

Chelsea's insane summer

However, it's clear that Chelsea are making up for lost time by essentially cramming two window' worth of activity into one and they've already made six purchases so far.

Mercurial Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech was the first to arrive as early as February in a €40 million deal, before prolific German striker Timo Werner followed him to west London in June for £48 million.

The biggest deal of all, however, was announced this week with Ben Chilwell arriving from Leicester City with a price tag estimated at £50 million.

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Could Chelsea challenge for the title?

Malang Sarr and Xavier Mbuyamba have also come through the revolving door in west London, while Thiago Silva is the most recent purchase on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

But scariest of all is the fact Chelsea haven't finished their spending there and Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz is set to be unveiled as the icing on the cake for around €90 million.

It's no wonder then that Chelsea are being spoken alongside Liverpool and Manchester City as Premier League title contenders for 2020/21.

And with so many signings to keep up with, we decided to put Chelsea's rearming into context here at GIVEMESPORT by placing their squad depth under the spotlight ahead of the new season. 

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Brilliant squad depth

We've used lineupbuilder.com to draw up the starting XI that we imagine Lampard will be calling upon as well as two or three alternate options he has in every key position.

You can check out our breakdown below and keep scrolling to see the full graphic in all its glory:

Goalkeepers

1. Willy Caballero

2. Kepa Arrizabalaga

One of Chelsea's weak spots, no doubt about it, but Caballero is a sturdy pair of hands and worthy of selection over Arrizabalaga after a season where the Spaniard was statistically the Premier League's worst number one.

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Right-backs

1. Cesar Azpilicueta 

2. Reece James

Only two major options? Yes, but are they two brilliant options? Absolutely.

Chelsea can never go too far wrong with the ever-reliable Azpilicueta in their starting line-up and James offers them a completely different dynamic as one of the Premier League's deadliest crossers.

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Centre-backs

1. Thiago Silva

2. Antonio Rudiger

3. Kurt Zouma

4. Andreas Christensen 

5. Fikayo Tomori

6. Ethan Ampadu

There's a strong argument that Chelsea have quantity over quality here and there's plenty of inexperience sloshing about, but that's exactly why Silva's level-head will be a real asset for the Blues.

You can expect the Brazilian to really start drilling more discipline into the likes of Zouma and Rudiger, while also helping Tomori and Ampadu to realise their potential at the club.

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Left-backs

1. Ben Chilwell

2. Marcos Alonso

3. Emerson

To be fair, Chilwell could be occupying this section alone in a few weeks' time, but if you're going to sell two left-backs, at least make sure you're left with England's number one in that position when it's all over.

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Central midfielders

1. N'Golo Kante

2. Mateo Kovacic

3. Jorginho

4. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

5. Billy Gilmour

Lampard has a bit of everything to call upon in the centre of the park from the metronomic passing of Kovacic and Jorginho, the defensive mastery of Kante and the marauding forward from Gilmour and Loftus-Cheek.

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Attacking midfielders

1. Kai Havertz

2. Mason Mount 

3. Ross Barkley

You've got to fear for Barkley's chances of game-time against these two, despite all of his improvements, while Mount could see his appearances take a tumble when Chelsea inevitably sign their €90 million wonderkid.

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Right wing

1. Hakim Ziyech

2. Callum Hudson-Odoi

You get the feeling that Hudson-Odoi really missed his chance to impress last season when so many young players were awarded game-time, so expect Ziyech to be hogging the minutes in this position in 2020/21.

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Left wing

1. Christian Pulisic

If there's one area of the pitch that Chelsea are lacking in depth it's out on the wing, but Pulisic is one of the first names on the team-sheet right now and either Ziyech or Hudson-Odio could swap flanks if necessary.

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Strikers

1. Timo Werner

2. Tammy Abraham

3. Olivier Giroud

The signing of Werner must have been a kick to the crown jewels for Abraham and Giroud, who shone at the start and end of last season respectively, but a European Golden Shoe contender has to top the rankings.

You could even throw in Michy Batshuayi, but his time in west London looks set to end this summer, especially after being relegated to the club's fourth-choice striker.

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Full graphic

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GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

To the people who think Chelsea are going to win the league this season: hold your horses.

Let's not pretend for a second that one transfer window will rectify a squad that almost threw away a Champions League place and conceded 54 league goals, which is the same amount as Brighton.

Even with their spending, vast improvements are needed across the defence and although Silva is undoubtedly one of the finest centre-backs in the business, he's hardly a long-term option.

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Goalkeeping is another issue for Chelsea and although Caballero deserves to start over Arrizabalaga, the Blues could really do with making one more signing before the summer is out.

So, yes, Chelsea really have come up trumps this summer while their rivals are still in the blocks, but I don't expect this forecasted title challenge will bring the trophy itself for another couple of seasons.

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