Chelsea have made a bright start to their Premier League campaign under new manager Maurizio Sarri and they are presently holding the perfect tally of 12 points from the opening four league matches. As such, the Italian head coach has already suggested that he may not make unnecessary changes to the starting lineup and this may witness the winter departure of a few players, who are likely to crave for regular league action.
Three Chelsea players who could pursue winter exits:
Gary Cahill: The experienced centre-back was in and out of the starting lineup last term but he managed to command a regular role during the final weeks of the season which earned him a World Cup spot with England. However, since his Blues return, Sarri has overlooked him for a starting role with Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz being his constants and he has recently been urged to maintain his patience. At present, Turkish side Galatasaray are said to be mulling over an approach for the 32-year-old and a winter exit could emerge as an option, should Sarri continue to ignore him for league duties in the forthcoming months.
Danny Drinkwater: Drinkwater joined the Blues from Leicester City during the summer of 2017 but he managed just five Premier League starts during the course of the previous campaign. With Sarri at the helm, Drinkwater has clearly been deemed to requirements with the summer signings of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic (loan) and the manager’s stance has become more certain after he was left out of the club’s Europa League squad for the group phase. Former club Leicester City, Southampton and West Ham United are among those who are said to be weighing up a winter move for the 2015/16 Premier League champion.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Unlike the above-mentioned duo, Loftus-Cheek has been involved in Sarri’s matchday squad on three occasions this season but out of this, he has managed just 33 minutes from the bench. As such, Loftus-Cheek would undoubtedly be frustrated after a successful loan stint with Crystal Palace last term which enabled him to become a regular with the England national side. Loftus-Cheek was denied another loan exit from Stamford Bridge before last month’s European transfer deadline but Sarri has previously admitted in an interview that the midfielder could pursue a temporary exit at the turn of the year.
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