Chelsea are a ‘top six’ team in the Premier League, They have a squad full of both young and experienced players which makes them a good team.
However, they have fallen behind in quality to Manchester City, Liverpool and even Manchester United, so would require some smart transfer business to propel them back into title contention.
After heavy investment during the early years of Abramovich’s ownership, Chelsea has moved to a more sustainable business model in recent years.
Consequently, they no longer have the biggest transfer budget in the Premier League.
however, their finances do still look healthy, so you can still expect a good amount available for transfers each season.
Chelsea are well known for how little patience they have, they are very quick to sack their manager, rather than allowing time to build.
Their Expectations have lowered in recent seasons due to the emergence of Manchester City and Liverpool, which are currently much better teams.
The board expect you to qualify for the Champions Cup, so essentially you need to get into the top four, which will be a challenge due to the quality of the top six.
They also expect you to have a good Euro cup run and reach the finals, Chelsea is one of the better teams in the competition so this should be relatively straightforward.
Transfer & Wage budget
New Transfer Budget: £15M
New Wage Budget (remaining): £150K p/w
Chelsea has already spent a lot in the 2018/19 season, most notably they have signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for £72M, to replace the outgoing Thibaut Courtois, Jorginho for £50M, as a long term replacement for Fabregas and Christian Pulisic for £57M.
They have also already loaned two players, with Matteo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain joining for the season.
Chelsea does, however, have £15M left to spend with another £150K wage budget remaining.
Similar to the other clubs, Chelsea won’t be able to make any major signings without selling first.
so should instead focus on bringing in young players, or sign players in January on a pre-contract agreement.
Eden Hazard – (CA 180 – PA 185)
Eden Hazard is one of the best players in the world and has been Chelsea’s talisman since joining in 2012/13 for £29M.
His world-class ability allows him to ease past most defenders and create so many chances for your team.
he’s truly a fantastic player to have in your team and will be the focal point of the majority of your attacks.
Hazard is 27-years-old, so is in the prime years of his career, however with a potential ability of 185 he could still improve.
The biggest worry with Hazard is that he is out of contract at the end of the 2018/19 season, so you will want to make it a priority that he signs a new contract.
Best Attributes – Dribbling (20), Agility (20), Penalty Taking (19), Technique (18), Flair (18).
N’Golo Kante – (CA 165 – PA 165)
N’Golo Kante is another of the world’s best players and has been excellent for Chelsea since his move from Leicester in 2016/17 for £32M.
Kante is most likely the best defensive midfielder in the game and is the epitome of a hard-working player.
His excellent defensive attributes allow him to constantly break up play in the midfield and with his amazing physical stats, Kante will easily be able to run for the whole 90 minutes.
Best Attributes – Tackling (20), Teamwork (20), Work Rate (20), Stamina (20), Natural Fitness (18).
Jorginho – (CA 157 – PA 162)
Jorginho is a new signing for Chelsea in 2018/19 after he made the move from Napoli for £50M.
He is excellent at passing and is the main creative player in the midfield for Chelsea, this makes him the perfect partner to Kante.
Jorginho is only 26-years-old and is still expected to improve in the future.
Best Attributes – Passing (18), Teamwork (17), Tackling (16), Technique (16), Composure (16).
Chelsea has one of the best youth systems in world football and therefore have a lot of very good young players coming through their youth teams.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – (CA 133 – PA 160)
Hudson-Odoi is an extremely exciting young talent, that has made his way through the Chelsea academy.
This season has been Hudson-Odoi’s break out season, with him featuring in the Premier League for Chelsea on several occasions.
Hudson-Odoi has great base attributes for an attacking player and with a potential ability of 160,
The 17-year-old has the potential to be an extremely effective player.
Best Attributes – Acceleration (16), Dribbling (15), Flair (15), Agility (15), Pace (15).
Christian Pulisic – (CA 147 – PA 164)
Christian Pulisic is a new signing for Chelsea having signed from Borussia Dortmund for £57M,
Although he wont be available until 2019/20 as he’s been loaned straight back to Dortmund for the 2018/19 season.
Pulisic is only 19-years-old, but has still been a major part of the Dortmund senior team since 2016/17.
He’s considered by many at Chelsea as the long-term replacement for Eden Hazard.
however, there’s no reason Pulisic and Hazard could be in the same starting 11.
Best Attributes – Acceleration (17), Agility (17), First Touch (16), Aggression (16), Work Rate (16).
Reece James – (CA 130 – PA 158)
Reece James is currently on loan to Wigan for the 2018/19 season; however, this loan could be his last season out on loan before breaking into the senior team.
James is a versatile player who is capable of playing in several positions, however, his best position is right-back.
James is only 18-years-old and still hasn’t made a senior appearance for Chelsea, so it would probably be best to introduce him into the senior team slowly.
Best Attributes – Crossing (15), Acceleration (15), Balance (15), Stamina (15), Pace (14).
Players to consider selling
Gary Cahill – (CA 138 – PA 155)
Gary Cahill is an experienced centre-back and helped Chelsea win both domestic and European titles.
However, Cahill is now 32-years-old and his age is starting to show in him performances.
There are better defenders already at the club so Cahill wont be missed.
Cahill is worth £6.5M and has a wage of £80K p/w, however, it’s unlikely you will be able to get his full value in any transfer.
He is the Chelsea captain, so there might be a few players less than pleased with Cahill being sold.
Wage: £80K p/w
Expected transfer: £3.5M
Victor Moses – (CA 146 – PA 146)
Victor Moses was a key member of the Chelsea team under Antonio Conte in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons.
However, he’s been loaned out to Fenerbahce for the 2018/19 season.
Moses will be 28-years-old when he returns next season and would be someone worth moving on.
This will be leave for players like Reece James to make the step up into the senior team.
Best Attributes – Work Rate (18), Strength (18), Long Throws (16), Acceleration (16), Stamina (16).
Wage: £75K p/w
Expected Transfer Value: £25M
Danny Drinkwater – (CA 142 – PA 144)
Danny Drinkwater was signed in 2017/18 for a whopping £27M.
he only made 12 appearances and has become evident that he just isn’t good enough to play for Chelsea.
Drinkwater’s valuation has plummeted over the last 12-months and now only has a valuation of £9.25M, so you should expect to make a loss.
Wage: £120K p/w
Expected transfer value: £9M
Players to consider signing
Chelsea has a few positions which they would sign in players to improve the squad.
however, the most important signing would be to re-sign Eden Hazard to a new contract.
Hazard has made it clear he isn’t too interested in signing a new contract at Chelsea, with Real Madrid showing their interest.
He believes he has now outgrown the club and is looking to move to a club with ambitions in line with his own
You are going to have a fight on your hands to get him to sign a new deal,
Therefore you need to act quickly and give Hazard anything he wants to keep him at your club.
Adrien Rabiot – (CA 151 – PA 164)
Adrien Rabiot is out of contract at PSG at the end of the 2018/19 season, so you’ll be able to approach him in January to sign him on a pre-contract agreement.
Rabiot is a good all-around player and if you sell Danny Drinkwater, will be a direct replacement for him.
Chelsea would then have an amazing midfield three with Rabiot, Kante and Jorginho.
Wage: £59K p/w
Expected transfer cost: £90M + Additional Clauses (if buying him)
Expected Wage: £100K p/w + Bonuses and Clauses
We would highly recommend avoiding the transfer fee by signing him on a pre-contract agreement in January.
Gonzalo Higuain – (CA 167 – PA 180)
Higuain will be your main Striker for the 2018/19 season as he’s on loan from Juventus, a clause in the loan deal gave Chelsea the option to sign Higuain for £32.5M.
Higuain’s current value is £61M, so even if he doesn’t impress you with his world-class finishing or off the ball movement, you’ll be lucky to get a bargain like that again in your career.
He should, however, be the perfect Striker for Chelsea, with your more creative players like Eden hazard making chances and Higuain making the space to receive the ball and score.
Best Attributes – Finishing (18), Anticipation (18), Decisions (18), Off The Ball (17), Teamwork (17).
Wage: £300K p/w
Expected transfer cost: £32.5M
Expected Wage: £300K + Bonuses and Clauses
FM19 Chelsea First Team Squad
|Scott Dann||31||D (C)||134||144||£10.25M||£10,250,000||£60,000|
|James Tomkins||29||D (RC)||134||138||£14M||£14,000,000||£50,000|
|Martin Kelly||28||D (RC)||125||130||£7.25M||£7,250,000||£25,000|
|Mamadou Sakho||28||D (C)||144||154||£25M||£25,000,000||£100,000|
|Joel Ward||28||D (RL)||127||136||£12M||£12,000,000||£35,000|
|Aaron Wan-Bissaka||20||D/WB/M/AM (R)||134||160||£13.75M||£13,750,000||£40,000|
|Cheikhou Kouyaté||28||D (C), DM, M (C)||132||141||£16.25M||£16,250,000||£65,000|
|Patrick van Aanholt||27||D/WB (L)||131||134||£12M||£12,000,000||£55,000|
|Jeffrey Schlupp||25||D/WB/M/AM (L)||125||137||£10.25M||£10,250,000||£56,000|
|Jairo Riedewald||21||D (LC), DM||126||149||£8M||£8,000,000||£55,000|
|Pape Souaré||28||D/WB (L)||125||142||£9.75M||£9,750,000||£30,000|
|James McArthur||30||DM, M (C)||134||139||£12.75M||£12,750,000||£55,000|
|Luka Milivojevic||27||DM, M (C)||146||146||£24M||£24,000,000||£55,000|
|Jason Puncheon||31||M (R), AM (RLC)||118||138||£4.3M||£4,300,000||£35,000|
|Andros Townsend||26||M/AM (RL)||136||144||£17M||£17,000,000||£55,000|
|Bakary Sako||30||M/AM (RL)||127||130||£7.5M||£7,500,000||£25,000|
|Maximilian Meyer||22||M (LC), AM (C)||144||164||£25M||£25,000,000||£125,000|
|Jordan Ayew||26||AM (R), ST (C)||134||140||£15.5M||£15,500,000||£32,500|
|Connor Wickham||25||AM (RLC), ST (C)||124||140||£11M||£11,000,000||£60,000|
|Wilfried Zaha||25||AM (RL), ST (C)||157||160||£52M||£52,000,000||£130,000|
|Christian Benteke||27||ST (C)||135||160||£18.5M||£18,500,000||£120,000|
|Michy Batshuayi||24||ST (C)||145||160||£26.5M||£26,500,000||£70,000|
|Alexander Sørloth||22||ST (C)||118||137||£12.5M||£12,500,000||£20,000|
Chelsea is only a couple of players away from being real title contenders, although, with the tightening transfer budget and the increasing strength of the other teams in the top six, it certainly won’t be easy.
keeping hold of the best players and getting into the Champions Cup will be key to success and should offer a lot more flexibility in the seasons following,