Arguably Chelsea’s two most important players, Diego Costa and N’golo Kante will miss Chelsea’s next match which will take place on boxing day because they each picked up their fifth booking of the season.
Cost and Kante picked up their fifth bookings of the season during their last victory over crystal palace, a match that ended in a 1-0 victory in Chelsea’s favor. Chelsea’s Boxing Day match will be against Bournemouth and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will already be having selection headaches ahead of the game.
An option for the manager will be Michy Batshuayi. Bashuayi was signed for £33.2 million from Marseille in the summer. However, he has found premier league appearances hard to come by and has only found solace in EFL cup matches. So, if given the chance, he will most likely grab it with both hands. Though he has netted just once in the premier league this term – in Chelsea’s draw against Watford – he scored 23 goals in 50 matches for Marseille last season.
Another option for Conte is 19-year-old Dominic Solanke – an Englishman. Conte might as well want to try a ‘false nine’ and if he does so, Pedro, Eden Hazard or Cesc Fabregas will be suitable for such a role. (more…)