Antonio Conte’s frustration with Chelsea’s transfer policy extends to the recent signing of injured players.
The Chelsea manager has often shown signs he is at odds with the final decision makers at Stamford Bridge when it comes to new signings.
The Italian can make suggestions, but the final call on whether to pursue new players is made above the Chelsea manager.
This month Chelsea have signed Ross Barkley from Everton, however Conte is reportedly unhappy that only one new player has arrived. He’s often spoken about the lack of depth in his squad this season, with a new left-back and a striker understood to be his areas of deepest concern.
Conte has also been exasperated by Chelsea’s recent trend of signing players who are injured, report The Times.
Barkley has not been able to yet feature due to an ongoing hamstring problem, although it’s hoped he will soon be able to make his debut. During the summer, both Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko arrived with issues.
Drinkwater had to wait until the end of October to make his first appearance for Chelsea, while Bakayoko underwent knee surgery over the summer which has disrupted his bedding in period at Stamford Bridge.
Not all Chelsea’s recent signings have had injury problems, with Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Davide Zappacosta also arriving last summer and quickly making an impression.
The latest reports suggest the Blues could try to hijack Manchester United’s deal for Alexis Sanchez, although most expect the Chilean to move to Old Trafford. Andy Carroll and Christian Benteke have also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge