“Chelsea need to spend” – Antonio Conte urged to complete more transfers

August 13, 2017

Chelsea have been urged by the former Arsenal star Paul Merson that they desperately need to improve their squad in the final weeks of the summer transfer window.

The Blues made the worst possible start to their Premier League title defence on Saturday, with the Blues losing 3-2 at Stamford Bridge to a Burnley team that only won one away match in the English top flight last season.

Paul Merson has said that Chelsea, who had Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off, “have to go out and buy” if they are to make serious impact in Premier League and Champions League.

Merson told Sky Sports News: “You look at Man City’s bench compared to Chelsea’s and it is chalk and cheese. This is not a bad team overnight and next week they go to Spurs at Wembley with no Cahill or Fabregas.

“As a Burnley player, you see their bench before kick-off and there is only Morata on it. The next couple of weeks are massive for Chelsea football club. With how strong this Premier League is, you cannot afford to drop points at home to Burnley.

“You just don’t want to see what happened the year before last at Chelsea, when they just fizzled out and didn’t make a challenge. They have to go out and buy. No disrespect to the kids on the bench, but if you want to win the Premier League and have a go in the Champions League, you have to have more.”