The 2015-16 season will be one that Chelsea will want to forget – and quickly.
After landing the title the previous year, the Blues finished nine places and a whopping 31 points behind Leicester City in one of the worst title defences of the Premier League era.
Here are three players Chelsea should have been offloaded before getting up and running in this campaign.
The former Barcelona and Arsenal man was a vital cog in the team that won the league two years ago. His creativity and passing formed a dynamic combination with the steel of Nemanja Matic as Jose Mourinho’s men cruised to the title.
— Sky Football ⚽️ (@SkyFootball) October 12, 2016
However, things have changed dramatically now for the Spanish international. After a shocking season last year, new boss Antonio Conte has limited Fabregas to mostly substitute and cup appearances, with £30 million signing N’Golo Kante preferred at the heart of the midfield.
The 28-year-old was linked with a whole host of clubs over the summer and will surely be mulling over the prospect of moving to pastures new in January.
The 2015-16 season was a dreadful one for Branislav Ivanovic. Famed for his consistent, no-nonsense defending, the Serbia international was consistently below par as the Blues continued to fail in the league.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) October 5, 2016
This season hasn’t started particularly well for the 32-year-old either, with fans beginning to wonder if his best days are behind him.
Given the deadline day signing of full-back Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see Ivanovic sold on during the summer.
If the persistent transfer rumours about Leonardo Bonucci continue, it is hard to see Ivanovic being at Chelsea this time next season.
Pedro has been a major disappointment since arriving from Barcelona.
— ChelseaFC Report (@ChelseaFC_Fanly) October 8, 2016
Despite having a World Cup, two European Championships, two Champions League medals and countless La Liga successes, the Spanish winger has never performed consistently for the London club.
With Willian and Eden Hazard both in superb form, it is hard to see the 29-year-old nailing down a starting spot with the Blues anytime soon and, with the re-emergence of Victor Moses in the Chelsea squad, maybe it is time for Conte to let Pedro go.