The defensive lineup has struggled throughout the season.

This English Premier League season, London is a happy city. Well, most of it anyways. With Arsenal a position above their standard fourth, and their rivals Tottenham Hotspur marching up to the second position at the moment, not many can claim a poor show of football. Even West Ham United have had a great season to bid farewell to their old ground. Not many, but Chelsea FC.

Chelsea have statistically had the worst fall in the English Premier League after a league victory the previous season. Not music to the ears for the Blues, but a rude awakening. Guus Hiddink, the interim boss has marginally improved the situation, but the fact of the matter still remains: the players have under-performed, for which the club and Jose Mourinho paid heavily.

With their last two games being against a renewed Liverpool under Klopp and the phoenix of the tournament, Leicester City, not many would predict more than a couple of points earned overall. Chelsea FC  and Conte need to take a good look back , and here are some of the players that can come under the scanner:

5. Jon Obi Mikel

Paris St Germain v Chelsea - International Champions Cup Pre Season Friendly Tournament

Despite not being adequately recognized by Jose Mourinho, he remained a key figure in the Chelsea roster. He played an instrumental part in rebuilding the club with Guus Hiddink and has been one of the first names on the team sheet in recent times.

But, despite Guus playing him regularly, and him being able to manage the situation unlike so many others around him, his contract runs out at the end of the season. With attempts made by the new to-be boss Conte to sign Dutch midfielder Nainggolan, he also has another option in Loftus-Cheek. With no apparent approach being made to extend Obi Mikel’s contract, Chelsea will have to find a player consistent enough to replace the Nigerian national.

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