Chelsea vs Sheffield Wednesday
Chelsea are back in cup action on Sunday when Sheffield Wednesday travel to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues will be favourites to book their spot in the FA Cp 5th round against the Owls.
Chelsea come into the game after beating Tottenham on penalties in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Man City await the Pensioners in the League Cup final.
Chelsea & Leicester’s Jamie Vardy
In the Sunday Times, chief sports writer David Walsh has cast his eye over Maurizio Sarri’s job at Chelsea.
As part of the analysis, the quality of Sarri’s squad is assessed.
Sarri has inherited the majority of his players from previous managers.
The case is made in the Sunday Times that Chelsea have wasted bucketloads of cash in the transfer market. As a result, Chelsea’s squad is sub-standard.
As an example, Danny Drinkwater is held up following his move from Leicester.
Is Drinkwater’s failure at Chelsea down to Jamie Vardy? Readers are told:
Perhaps (the) most baffling (signing) of all was the £30m they paid for Danny Drinkwater, who played well during Leicester’s title-winning season without looking like a player who would thrive at a bigger club.
Chelsea should feel aggrieved with Jamie Vardy, for it was the striker’s outstanding pace and lethal finishing that season that made Drinkwater look like a force of creativity.
Chelsea’s ‘disastrous’ deals
Overall, the case is made that Sarri’s Chelsea squad is simply not good enough at the highest level.
David Walsh stresses that point by listing a series of other questionable signings made by Chelsea in recent times:
Twenty-three million for Davide Zappacosta, £18m for Olivier Giroud, £17.5m for Emerson, £15m and an inordinately high salary for Ross Barkley.
Some people at Chelsea fell asleep on the job and poor Sarri inherited a squad that is not good enough to play Napoli-style football.
Will Gonzalo Higuain prove any different? Or will the Argentine follow the likes of Andriy Shevchenko or Fernando Torres in failing to impress with the Blues?