Chelsea’s new summer signings won’t have to gel properly in order to carry the team to third place in the Premier League next season, because they’re all good enough on their own. That’s according to Shaka Hislop, who was full of praise for the Blues’ transfer activity.
Chelsea have been by far the busiest club in the summer transfer window so far.
They’ve spent more than any other Premier League team has in a single window, forking out more than £240million so far.
Kai Havertz became their all-time record signing last week when he joined for a deal worth up to £90m in installments.
The German playmaker will make his debut against Brighton on Monday night in the season opener, and he’ll be joined by multiple other new recruits.
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Ben Chilwell joined for £50m, but injury will keep him out of the trip to the Amex stadium.
Hakim Ziyech is also unlikely to be involved, having injured himself in his debut for the club against Brighton in a pre-season friendly.
But Timo Werner, who cost £53m, and Thiago Silva, who joined for free, will likely be involved from the start.
There have been questions over how well the team will gel together, and whether they’ll take time to form a strong team cohesion.
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However, Hislop believes their new arrivals are so talented that they won’t need to be given too much time before they can start turning on the style and winning games.
“We don’t know how well all of these players will gel,” he conceded when talking to ESPN FC.
“But the truth is, they’re that talented that they don’t have to gel that well to finish third.
“If they gel seamlessly and all those players play at the levels we think they can, then all of a sudden we’re talking about Liverpool and City having an issue.
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“I don’t think that’ll be the case, just as I don’t think it’ll be the case they won’t gel and they’ll finish outside of the top four.
“I think it’ll be somewhere in the middle.
“I like exactly what Frank Lampard did last season, had to make some brave decisions, had to endure poor form, rode his luck at times, but it’s all starting to come together for Lampard as a manager and Chelsea as a team.
“I can see them finishing third.”
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