Chelsea won the Carabao Cup clash against Aston Villa yesterday via a penalty shootout to qualify for the fourth round of the competition. After a nervy 1-1 end to full-time, Chelsea was able to overcome the penalty hurdle to progress.
In football, squad depth is important and a popular saying to back this up goes thus "teams win you games, but squads win you titles". To mount a credible title challenge especially in a league as tough as the English Premier League, a squad capable of delivering good performances is a necessity.
This is one of the issues with Thomas Tuchel's squad despite his huge achievement since he set foot in Stamford Bridge. The German manager has instilled a great wide-flowing and efficient tactical set-up in the team and has his mind set on his first-choice players in each position.
But the problem the German manager faces is that a huge section of his attacking players are constantly injured. These injuries affect their form and fitness to play the high-tempo gameplay that Thomas Tuchel favours.
Chelsea needs these players to rotate and even take their place in the first-eleven but sadly they are becoming injury-prone and unable to play when Thomas Tuchel needs to rotate his attack or try a different approach to a game.
Here are three players whose constant injuries are crippling Chelsea's attack.
1. N'golo Kante: Although the French midfielder is not a full-time attacker, his importance to Chelsea's attacking play is not to be underestimated. No other player in the Chelsea squad can replicate the quality that N'golo Kante adds to Chelsea's attacking play.
Sadly, the French mercurial midfielder is now getting injury prone and needs time to get up to speed. He just returned from another injury and he played against Aston Villa to get up his match fitness.
2. Christian Pulisic: The American winger has been plagued with injuries since his arrival from Borrusia Dortmund. No one can deny his quality when fit and in-form but sadly, constant injuries are derailing his impact on the team. He is currently recuperating from an injury.
3. Hakim Ziyech: The Moroccan midfielder has had constant injuries and loss of form since he signed for Chelsea from Ajax FC. During pre-season, Hakim Ziyech was fit and in form but an injury during the super cup final has affected his form. It was obvious during the game against Zenit St Petersburg and Aston Villa that the player has lost some of his sparks. Fans will surely hope he regains it soon.
These players are needed but their constant unavailability has sometimes forced Thomas Tuchel into overplaying some of his players like Mason Mount. If this continues, the key attacking players might get injured.
The decision falls on the Chelsea board to decide what to do with the aforementioned players, what do you think should be done? Should they be sold or kept in the team? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below.
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