Three Chelsea players who really need to improve in 2023, including £60m headache - TCC View

For certain, Chelsea have a lot of work to do in 2023 to get back to where they want to be.

The Chelsea Chronicle has specifically looked at three Blues players who need to improve next year, but it’ll take a real squad effort to bring success on the pitch.

Graham Potter’s side were probably glad the World Cup break came when he it did, because results were worrying, especially in the Premier League.

However, the group should be raring to go when they return to action on 27 December at home to Bournemouth in the league.

Three Chelsea players who need to improve

In our view, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Kai Havertz are three Chelsea stars that should most be under the microscope to raise their own levels.

These are three individuals that have proven in the past how good they can be. Koulibaly and Cucurella have been big hits elsewhere, while Havertz has had some special moments at Stamford Bridge without the consistency.

Here is a look at why the aforementioned trio has got to do more:

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Kalidou Koulibaly

First of all, Koulibaly is a man that should be put under the spotlight.

The 31-year-old defender completed his move to Chelsea midway through 2022, but it’s been a rocky opening few months at the club.

There’s no doubt that the Premier League has not seen the best version of the centre-back, who was so dominant for years at former club Napoli.

Hopefully, Koulibaly’s time representing Senegal at the World Cup can help clear his mind.

It’s very important that the centre-half hits the ground running for his own sake in the New Year. For Chelsea’s it’s equally as important he’s back to his best because there’s a big Antonio Rudiger-sized hole that still needs filling.

Marc Cucurella

Cucurella, who cost Chelsea £60million (BBC) in the summer, has been the cause of several headaches for fans since he joined from Brighton.

Let’s just hope Graham Potter has got something up his sleeve for him next year.

It’s interesting to see how the battle between him and Ben Chilwell will unfold to play as the left-back/left wing-back.

Cucurella’s best position and game time can be discussed further down the line. However, the immediate priority must be to cut out the mistakes when he’s on the pitch.

The 24-year-old’s not become a bad player overnight and was sensational in Brighton colours last year, so fans should support him to really grow and improve in the months ahead.

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Kai Havertz

Unlike Koulibaly and Cucurella, Havertz has already been at Chelsea a couple of years.

The 23-year-old forward is now into his third season as a Blues player, so it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to defend him when he ghosts in certain games.

There’s 100 per cent more he can do in terms of end product, scoring and creating goals will definitely help him nail down a permanent spot in the line-up.

It’s time for Havertz to give himself another clean slate in 2023 and try to make it the year when he really starts to fulfil the potential so many think he has.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.