Often utilised as a substitute by Sarri, the England international only managed 28 starts across all competitions for the Blues this season. Five goals and six assists is not an awful return for the former Everton ace, having been deployed in a three-man midfield, although he will need to bolster his numbers to compensate for Hazard’s exit.
Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso
Palmieri and Alonso have rotated at left-back this campaign with neither able to fully emerge as first-choice under Sarri. Both are generally considered better in attack than defence, meaning it is not inconceivable for one of the pair to be deployed on the left flank if the Blues find themselves in dire need.
Tammy Abraham is the most likely attacking player to force his way into the first team. Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata are still on the Blues’ books but neither were considered prolific during their time at the Bridge so Mason Mount may present a more attractive option for the Blues hierarchy. Victor Moses and Kenedy are also still under contract and could temporarily slot in out wide.