5 Chelsea players who will be crucial to their success in the coming months
Antonio Conte began his managerial reign in the Premier League in a sensational manner by winning the 2016-17 Premier League title. However, in comparison to his debut season, this season has been much more challenging with the defending champions failing to produce the same level of performances when required.
Currently, the Blues sit in third place in the Premier League table, with an 18-point gap between themselves and leaders Manchester City. It's definitely an uphill task at the moment for Conte's side, who need to remain consistent as they aim for the best possible finish to the campaign.
After Tottenham's victory over Manchester United, even Champions League qualification is far from being secured. Chelsea looked terrible in their 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth and they need to find some winning momentum, which could potentially help Conte's side secure a top-four spot during the final months of the campaign.
On that note, here is a look at five players who could make the difference, and will thus be crucial to Chelsea and their chances in the coming months.
#5 Alvaro Morata
The 25-year-old had a positive start to his Premier League campaign in his very first game against Burnley by scoring a goal and assisting the other. Though Morata has so far scored 10 goals in 20 Premier League games this season, he has slowed down a bit after making a comeback from injury in October.
Antonio Conte has expressed his confidence in him by saying that that the Spaniard will be among goals in the coming months and will be a crucial player for the Blues. Chelsea desperately needed someone like Morata to raise the bar in terms of showing the intensity that has gone missing after Diego Costa’s exit.
Morata also provides much more depth in this Chelsea outfit as he's a striker that holds the line. He has linked up well with the midfielders and also has the ability to run through the staunchest of defences with his impressive pace.
With Giroud seen as more of a backup option, Morata will surely be a key figure for Chelsea in the coming months. Antonio Conte can only hope that the Spaniard finds his form and, more importantly, his shooting boots once again.