Three Chelsea players who should be looking to leave before season starts - TCC view

Chelsea have been very active in letting people go this summer and there are a trio of players who might want to follow in their comrade’s footsteps.

There has been a tidal wave of departures from Stamford Bridge in the past few months, mainly made up of academy talents seeking out greener pastures.

Olivier Giroud, Billy Gilmour, Fikayo Tomori, Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi have all been relieved of their first-team duties.

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With time running out before the season kicks off, some within the Blues squad might want to start thinking about an exit plan.

Here are three Chelsea stars who should be aiming to find a new home ahead of the rapidly approaching campaign.

Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu is already behind in terms of his pre-season training, having only just re-joined the group after his permitted break.

He had represented Wales at the European Championships, a tournament that was cut short for the youngster following his red-card against Italy.

His late return to Cobham gives Thomas Tuchel very few opportunities to assess the 20-year-old’s skill sets.

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The Blues boss probably hardly got a glimpse of Ampadu whilst he was on loan at Sheffield United last term.

With places in defence and midfield already heavily contested, perhaps one more stint away would do the Welshman good.


Another who postponed his arrival back to London, Kenedy’s Chelsea future looks in serious doubt.

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A loan move to Granada in 2020/21 was highly beneficial for the Brazilian, a trick he might want to repeat again.

Tuchel already has Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri stationed at left-back or left wing-back.

Even if Kenedy didn’t view himself as a defender, he won’t find many more openings in attacking areas either.

Ross Barkley   

A contentious decision, but it’s difficult to see a route back into the Chelsea fold for Ross Barkley.

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His brief cameo appearances in the recent friendly fixtures haven’t provided much positive evidence for his inclusion.

Had he not picked up an injury whilst out on loan with Aston Villa, this statement might be completely different.

The 27-year-old never fully recovered from his period of absence and it seems he is still feeling the effects now.

Plenty of clubs would willingly take Barkley on board; it’s just about finding the most suitable destination.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.