To begin, myself and the rest of the SW6Daily team are almost certainly finding it a challenge to write about football, a trivial topic at the best of times, when the current global situation mirrors a combination of George Orwell and Cormac McCarthy novels.
Global dystopia seems to be this years motif, the on-going pandemic being the major talking point. However this week, the world has witnessed harrowing scenes as George Floyd was murdered by a police officer, once again sparking the debate about why the treatment of minority individuals, specifically African-Americans, is so poor in comparison to the majority in the United States and across the world.
With this tragic news, alongside the COVID-19 outbreak still a very real threat to millions of people, you could be forgiven for wanting to indulge in some transfer rumours and goal compilations in order to take a short and sweet break from the turbulence of the year. With the Premier League set to return on June 17th, people will finally be able to experience some level of joy that this current year has so seldom gifted so far.
Here at SW6Daily, we hope that we can provide momentary relief to help you through the monotony of daily life right now. Most importantly, we hope you and your families stay safe.
Typically, the title would be the name of a rumoured individual that has recently been linked with the club. However, it appears that Italian behemoths Juventus are willing to part with a variety of players in order to capture the signature of Chelsea Vice-Captain, Jorginho.
With it being well reported that Miralem Pjanic has turned down the possibility of making a switch to West London, Juventus has reportedly offered the Chelsea hierarchy the choice of Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi or Adrien Rabiot. Far be it from me to give my opinion, but the signing of Douglas Costa is, on the face of it, an interesting proposition. However, under the current Chelsea revolution, the signing of Costa, based on his age, seems like the least intelligent of the three possible offers. Aged 29 and turning 30 in September, it seems unlikely that Lampard would be willing to take the Brazilian on into the squad. Equally, having only played fourteen matches this season, with no goals and three assists, this is a far from an exciting proposition when you dig just below the surface.
This leaves two, Adrien Rabiot and Federico Bernardeschi. Taking the former first, Rabiot made the switch from Parisian giants PSG to Juventus last summer on a free transfer having failed to sign a contract extension at the French club. Rabiot was demonstrating that he was one of the most technically and physically gifted midfielders in world football whilst at PSG, and would have undoubtedly been a target for a myriad of big clubs. His strength is being able to play high quality forward passes whilst using his physicality and dribbling ability to carry the ball through the thirds, something that Jorginho does with a single pass. His age, 25, is ideal for a Jorginho replacement and his ability to read the game would be extremely useful in Lampard’s squad. As always, there is a however, that being, he is well known for his poor attitude and arrogance that has landed him in trouble in France and in Italy. Up to the point where PSG was not willing to offer him the contract he wanted as his personality was unwelcome. In a squad containing Neymar, this says a considerable amount. If Lampard thinks he can change this, then Rabiot would be an unbelievable replacement and I would urge those reading to look at the source links to take a further look into his statistics.
Finally, we have Bernardeschi. A technically exquisite player who, on his day, has the ability to standout on the same pitch as Cristiano Ronaldo. Aged only 26, he is at a good age to make a switch to a different league and has enough time to develop and learn. Nonetheless, it would be hard for fans to fall warm to a new winger that typically struggles in terms of end product. Having had Willian not reaching the heights that he so clearly could reach if he were to add that extra 5-10% to his game, replacing him with another winger who fails to score or assist at a consistent level would be far from intelligent. Lampard and his team seem to have very specific targets and Bernardeschi is almost certainly not on that list.
Whilst his name might sound similar to what is almost certainly a common phrase throughout many households over the past months, the Porto right-back has been one of the standout full backs in European football over the last year, and it seems that Lampard is keen to add some depth in that position as Azpilicueta looks set to take a more relaxed role next season, possibly at centre back.
The Mexican international has played forty matches this season, contributing to two goals and eight assists. His crossing and dead-ball ability are his key strengths, whilst also playing a pivotal role in helping the Portuguese giants keep twelve clean sheets.
The move from Porto to Chelsea is a well-known one, and Corona would be certainly providing competition for Reece James over the coming seasons. His price would be fair, as the majority of players coming out of the Liga Nos tend to be, especially those aged over 25.
Fans need not worry, regardless of any incoming players, Reece James will certainly be the first choice right-back indefinitely, but depth is required if we are to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool. This move could prove to be very sensible as economic uncertainty means that finding diamonds in the rough will be a very worthwhile task.
Supporting the local community has been a major part of Chelsea Football Club that often goes unnoticed by mainstream media outlets but not at SW6Daily.
Recently, Chelsea reached its five-year milestone with Earls Court Youth Club. The relationship between this community club and Chelsea has been very close for a long time, however, following the outbreak of the virus, this support has only increased. With the money donated by the players and staff, the Earls Court Youth Club have been able to provide support, meals and art therapy kits for vulnerable, low income and elderly people.
This just goes to show that the turbulence of the year can be slightly steadied by the leadership and commitment of footballers that, in general, get a rough ride in the media. Without them, some people would be struggling more than they currently are and are benefitting from the support and relief that the funds provided by these players are going towards.
By Jai Mcintosh
Edited by Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi