Three Chelsea squad players that will be crucial in title challenge
By Dominic Toner
Chelsea are currently enjoying a great run of results and are the in-form team in the Premier League.
The Blues are top of the league table and are regarded as serious contenders for the title this season.
Manager Antonio Conte has named the same starting XI for the last five league games and Chelsea are currently on a six-game winning run without conceding.
However, Chelsea are likely to be dealt with injuries and suspensions throughout the season, forcing Conte to use several players in his squad.
Football Insider looks at three Chelsea players who could be called upon during the campaign and may help the club lift a fifth Premier League trophy.
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Chelsea captain John Terry is regarded as one of the club’s best ever players and is the most experienced member of the dressing room.
The 35-year-old has won four Premier League titles with the Blues and will be crucial if the club are to top the table this season, whether he features on the pitch or not.
The centre-back is currently restricted to the bench as defenders David Luiz, Cesar Azpilcueta and Gary Cahill have settled quickly into a back three.
Terry has been ruled out of the upcoming Tottenham game with injury, but has already made five league starts this season.
The experienced defender is the ideal player to step in during big games this season and will offer immense guidance to the rest of the team.
Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas is currently behind regular starters N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic in the pecking order.
The 29-year-old has been used four times in the league this season and offers a more creative option in the midfield.
Conte’s 3-4-3 formation is certainly working very well at the moment, but the Blues are set to face many obstacles during the season.
Fabregas has experience of winning the title with Chelsea in the 2014/15 season and was pivotal in that success, supplying 19 assists in 34 league starts.
Chelsea will face stubborn opposition in the future and Fabregas is a great option to give the side a more creative look.
Michy Batshuayi, 23, arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer for £33million from Marseille and is yet to start a Premier League game in his eight league appearances.
The Belgium international has still left his mark with his limited chances, scoring one goal and supplying one assist in wins over West Ham and Watford.
Diego Costa remains the club’s first-choice striker and is the league’s top scorer with 10 goals, but does have a history of picking up injuries and Batshuayi remains the only other senior option in the squad.
Batshuayi proved at Marseille that he can be prolific in front of goal, scoring 23 goals in his 50 appearances last season.
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