How Chelsea COULD have had a world class team by not selling Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Declan Rice and more
The transfer market can be a volatile and unforgiving place for clubs, with potential mistakes to be made at every corner.
For every Benjamin Mendy, there is a Marco Boogers – a name which will forever be associated with one of the most bizarre transfers in history.
One club who have made their fair share of errors in the transfer market is Chelsea. Since being taken over by Roman Abramovich in 2003, the influx of players through the gates of Stamford Bridge has been nothing short of spectacular.
However, not every signing has been a success. If you look at the occupants of their no.9 shirt alone from previous seasons, you can see why the club are perhaps more measured in their business (Khalid Boulahrouz and Franco di Santo spring to mind).
However, it is the players who have left the club in recent years which will be a huge concern to Mr Abramovich.
Kevin De Bruyne is potentially the best midfielder in the world at this moment, but was forced out of Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho.
His Belgium team-mate, Romelu Lukaku is also still yet to fulfil his potential, while Mohamed Salah continues to dumbfound critics with his goalscoring exploits.
And, after being released as a 14-year-old from the academy, Declan Rice is proving to Chelsea how trusting in the kids can reap bountiful rewards.
With a host of other young starlets such as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek now battling for regular game time, Chelsea cannot afford to lose any more potential superstars.
The ominous threat of a transfer ban hangs over the club, so expect to see a raft of loan starlets return to Stamford Bridge.
But just how could Chelsea have looked if they had managed to keep some of their best players?
It’s a sight most Blues fans will want to avert their gaze from, as the prospect of seeing some of the best players in the world on a regular basis at Stamford Bridge could have been a real possibility.
Check out the potential starting XI below!
Source: SportsLatest TS