With Chelsea under a year-long transfer embargo, new manager Frank Lampard has a testing challenge ahead of him to guide the Blues to a top-four finish in the Premier League next season.
The west London giants have parted ways with one of their most influential performers in Eden Hazard this summer, but they do have some senior players returning to the squad after their respective loan deals.
As such, we look into three players, who could revive their careers with the club….
The France international has spent the past two seasons on loan with Stoke City and Everton respectively and he was particularly impressive with the latter, where he formed an impressive central defensive partnership alongside Michael Keane while making 32 league appearances.
With Antonio Rudiger on the sidelines (knee injury) for sometime, Zouma has the chance to make his mark during pre-season such that he can accompany David Luiz in central defence when the season begins. That, however, won’t be a straightforward task with Andreas Christensen set to offer competition.
The former Leicester City ace became a forgotten figure at Stamford Bridge last term after making the single appearance in the Community Shield. Ex-Blues boss Maurizio Sarri had been quite clear that the midfielder had no future with the team, but he could revive his fortunes under the tutelage of Lampard.
The England international has made the pre-season squad in Dublin ahead of the friendly against Bohemians, and he should have the opportunity to take the playing field, with Lampard recently suggesting that he would not rule out anyone without monitoring their performance.
The Belgian has been a favourite for some of the Blues’ faithful, but that has not quite reflected in terms of the performances on the ground. It can be suggested that he has not received an extended run of games to prove himself, but the same could change during the forthcoming campaign.
After loan stints at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace in the past 18 months, Batshuayi should re-integrate into the squad this term, considering Alvaro Morata’s departure has left Olivier Giroud as the only other senior striker available. He may, however, face a battle with Tammy Abraham, who has come off an impressive Championship campaign with Aston Villa, where he contributed 26 goals.